Leetsdale council to review sewage backup
A Leetsdale property owner whose basement was flooded with raw sewage has been asked to submit bills related to cleanup and damage of the Jan. 30 incident.
Borough solicitor Megan Ott told Susan Falcone in a public meeting recently the borough's insurance provider denied covering expenses because the incident is not a liability claim under the Pennsylvania Municipal Tort Claims Act.
But Ott asked Falcone to provide copies of expenses related to the incident for council's inspection. Council members discussed the matter in an executive session during the March 14 meeting.
The basement of Susan Falcone and her husband Michael's Winding Road home filled with raw sewage after, she said, a nearby pipe was found to be blocked.
Among the items Falcone said were damaged include several pieces of furniture, a television, clothing and a pool table. In addition, a restoration company has been on site to clean the property, Falcone said.
She estimated her expenses to be around $10,000.
While asking council members to “do the right thing” and pay her bills, Falcone said previous borough councils — in 2005 and 2008 — paid expenses relating to property damage caused by blocked sewers.
Ott said council members would continue looking into the issue.
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