City Pays Out $25K After Sewage Flows Into Couple’s Basement


City leaders on Tuesday night voted to pay out more than $25,000 to a Fayetteville couple whose basement was flooded by a city sewer line.

The city’s sewer water flowed into the basement of Stephen and Bonnie Turner on April 5 after the sewer main backed up because of blockage. The blockage was caused by roots in the sewer main on Hillcrest Avenue, according to a Fayetteville City Council memo.

The City Council voted unanimously 7-0 at its regular meeting Tuesday night to approve the settlement amount of $25,552.15 reached with the Turners for damage done to their home at 1532 Hillcrest Avenue.

“Sewer poppers were previously installed by the city in the residential clean out, but due to the grade of the basement were ineffective,” the city memo states. The Turners’ basement is at or below the grade of the sewer main, according to the memo.

Bonnie Turner contacted the city about the wastewater issue after the incident and later reached a settlement.


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