Valparaiso Couple Wins Flooding Verdict Against Their City

Jim Gudas
May 21, 2018 - 7:54 pm
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VALPARAISO, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Valparaiso couple has won more than $100,000 after a nearly 10-year legal battle with the city of Valparaiso over the couple's flooded home.

Richard Brown said up to three feet of water flooded his home in September 2008.

The water was diverted by a dam the city of Valparaiso built on land it acquired from Brown through eminent domain, he said.

The city of Valparaiso called the flood "an act of God,” Brown said.

He found a law firm to take the case, and a Porter County jury has awarded Brown and his wife, Janet, just over $102,000 to pay for flood damage and mold removal.

Brown says to win that money, his legal bills have topped $500,000.

But he said he knew he was right and wanted the courts to confirm it.