Homeowners file suit against City of St. Peters over repeated sewage backup

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

 (KMOV) -- Raw sewage is reportedly seeping into homes repeatedly and the St. Peters homeowners are fed up with city officials’ refusal to take responsibility.

The homeowners claim the City of St. Peters intentionally concealed information which lead to the destruction of their homes and put their health on the line.

“It’s devastating; it’s heartbreaking to know that the house is never going to be fixed. It was picked out just for us because it had everything we wanted,” Julie Kennedy said.

She is one of the eight homeowners filing suit against St. Peters. Kennedy and her husband hand-picked a home that is now what she calls unlivable.

“For a mold test to come back normal on a home, the spore county is 300 or less. Ours is 900 plus,” Kennedy said.

The Kennedys are staying with friends or in hotels but the home in St. Peters near Interstate 70 and Dardenne Creeek.

“They are not correcting the problem. If the rain in a certain mark, it will be back up and they know which home it will back up into,” said Attorney Jeffrey Witt.

Witt is representing the group; he said the final petition actually involves 35 people.

News 4 talked to several of them in the last few months and each time the city blames large amounts of rainfall, not a faulty sewer system.

On Tuesday, city officials told News 4’s Emily Rau they were unaware of any lawsuit but said they continue to work with homeowners to resolve claims.

“That was our first home. To know that it’s being taken away from us because of the city and information not being properly disclosed. It’s heartbreaking,” Kennedy added.

The attorney said he has received a letter from the insurance company that works for the City of St. Peters stating it’s up to the homeowners to “mitigate” their own losses.

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