- Associated Press - Saturday, April 5, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The city of Lincoln is paying thousands to more than a dozen homeowners whose basements were flooded with sewage.

A water main break in the Belmont neighborhood of north Lincoln early New Year’s Day filled a nearby manhole and caused the sewer to back up into the basements of 21 homes.

Assistant city attorney Marcee Brownlee tells the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1q617u2 ) that the city is paying claims because it knew there was a problem with the water main. On Aug. 27, the same water main broke, filling up the same manhole.

The city is paying $127,000 for 16 of the 20 claims. The four other claims remain in dispute.

Claims approved so far range from $1,117 to $21,569.

And this summer, the 40-year-old water main will be replaced.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com