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Hartford residents sue over sewage backflow

By Michael Abella | Jan 9, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — Several residents are suing the Village of Hartford after the sewage system allegedly backflowed into their homes.

Chris Gilreath, Mandy Gilreath, Robert Budde, Harold Barton, et al, filed a complaint on Dec. 23, in the Madison County Circuit Court against the Village of Hartford, alleging the municipal corporation breached its duty to use reasonable care in the operation and maintenance of the sewer system.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, 2015, the defendant's sewer system allegedly malfunctioned and raw sewage backflowed into plaintiffs' homes.

As a result, they suffered extensive real and personal property damages, loss, sickness, personal injuries, discomfort and annoyance.

The plaintiffs allege the Village of Hartford failed to operate the sewer system in a safe and reasonable manner and failed to conduct timely, adequate and proper repair of the sewer system.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in favor of plaintiffs in an amount in excess of $50,000 for each of them, costs incurred for this suit and all other relief as the court deems just and proper.

They are represented by Bob L. Perica and Tess M. Perica of The Perica Law Firm PC in Wood River.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1671

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