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Flood Victims Fed Up & Ready to Sue

Bonnie Kalko says she's lost confidence in the city to solve the problem and lawsuit is her last resort. Bonnie Kalko says she's lost confidence in the city to solve the problem and lawsuit is her last resort.
Yellow hoses are now part of the landscaping on Crawford Avenue. Yellow hoses are now part of the landscaping on Crawford Avenue.
Water in the basement is a familiar sight for Bonnie Kalko. Water in the basement is a familiar sight for Bonnie Kalko.

TOLEDO -- Some Toledoans spent their weekend mopping up after yet another flood -- their fifth in less than six months. And they're fed up.

An announcement is expected this week about a pending lawsuit. Three households plan to sue several government agencies, including the City of Toledo. Their attorney tells News 11 he'll add more than 100 more residents as plaintiffs later this week.

Bonnie Kalko is one of those about to take legal action. Hoses running along Crawford Avenue are now part of her front-yard view.

"We've got lines running through the park," she said. "We've got a house still off the foundation. It's a nasty sight."

Bonnie says water sitting in her basement has become a familiar sight. "It's been extremely difficult. The first flooding on June 21st -- we had waste deep raw sewage in our basement. We lost everything we had down there."

Bonnie's basement has flooded five times in less than six months. And she has lost confidence in the city to keep it from happening again. She blames government for her water woes and that's who she wants to fix the mess.

"I want my home to be fixed up," she told us. "I want them to fix the system to where this does not continue to happen."

That's why she's part of the pending lawsuit against several government agencies. Her attorney, Phillip Bazzo, says, "The government in the metropolitan area has failed to keep the storm water from the sanitary sewers. And by mixing storm water and sanitary water, they've caused massive flooding."

Bonnie hopes the hoses help, but she sees legal action as her last resort.

News 11 contacted the city's spokesperson. He declined comment.

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