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Community group pushes Hamilton County commissioners for solutions on sewer backup problems

Posted at 6:57 AM, Nov 13, 2017

Communities like Norwood and St. Bernard spent months cleaning up after freak storms turned streets into rivers in August 2016.

Now, Communities United For Action, or CUFA, is pushing Hamilton County commissioners for solutions to fix continuing issues with sewer backups and vacant properties around the area.

CUFA claims there have only been 453 settlements out of 6,000 sewer complaints it has documented between August 2016 and April 2017. However, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati Director Gerald Checco previously told WCPO they had processed more than 1,300 claims by June 2017. Checco said, as of late June, MSD had denied 7 percent of claims. In 80 percent of cases, property owners accepted MSD's settlement offer

"We want to see a plan for how the sewers will be fixed that includes green infrastructure, local jobs and fair rates. We want a Customer Assistance Program, like all other major metro areas in Ohio," CUFA wrote on its website.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at "Working In Neighborhoods" at 1814 Dreman Ave. in South Cumminsville.