Homeowners' flood claims denied

August 27, 2008 7:31:21 AM PDT
The Oshkosh City Council denied flood damage claims for at least 20 homeowners during an emotional meeting Tuesday night. Heavy rain in June flooded streets and homes around Wisconsin, including some in Oshkosh. The homeowners blame the city's sewer system which failed to handle the water.

The council considered 21 claims totaling nearly $200,000 and rejected all of them.

Jerry Martin called on the city to fix the sewer system that sent raw sewage into basements.

The city maintains excessive rain is to blame and that it wasn't negligent in any way.

The claims could still end up before a judge. Those who were denied have six months to take the city to court.