On October 2nd, we had a really bad thunderstorm with hail in our city (suburbs of Chicago, IL). It was said it was one of the worst our city has seen in the past decade.
Basically, my car and my girlfriends cars were both damaged by the quarter-sized hail. This of course will be covered by our insurance, but my girlfriends car was also flooded with what seems like backup sewage water. This happened while her car was parked on the side of the street, where the water is known to not drain fast enough. I was told by my landlord that that had been a problem forever. Water would always gather in that section, but in the past 17 years it has never reached a point where cars were flooded.
My landlord had done intensive research over the past couple of years about this issue. The city had apparently had placed a restrictor in the sewage system, so the water would drain very slow.
My landlord, as well as other neighbors, had been complaining to the city to fix the problem for a while now. After all the complaining, the restrictor was only widened by a half inch. The streets still flooded thereafter. Had this problem been fixed a long time ago, my girlfriends car would have never gotten flooded. Her car is most likely going to be claimed as a 'total' now, especially due to the flooding. My landlord said we have a very strong case to sue the city and that he would surely back us up in court.
Do you think we have a case against the city?