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Davenport Pays $170k for Sewer Backups

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    April 3, 2014 | 9:39 am
    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The city of Davenport has paid nearly $170,000 to 59 customers who filed claims over sewer backups into their houses after a heavy rain event last spring.

    The Quad-City Times reports that the average payment to each claimant came to about $2,880.

    The city still faces pending lawsuits from some property owners over the sewer backups.

    The number of claims following the heavy rains last spring led the city to create a reimbursement program that added $2 per quarter to residential sewer customers' bills. The fee would create about $200,000 per year in revenue.

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