Originally published May 25
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) – Dozens of homeowners are still cleaning up after a flood, days after a water main burst.
The City of St. Louis Park said a 12-inch water main burst early Saturday morning. More than 50 homes south of Minnetonka Boulevard had sewage flowing into their basements.
Residents wonder who will pay for the damage.
Jennifer Snyder had to throw everything in her basement. His house on Quebec Avenue South was one of the houses that were flooded on Saturday.
“Our whole neighborhood is a disaster,” Snyder said. “We still don’t get any help from our own city.”
“The city water flowed from 6:30 a.m. at our house until almost 10 a.m., says neighbor Joanne Lefebvre.
The city’s website says staff helped residents file claims with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. WCCO-TV reached out to see if city officials would answer questions, but were told no one was available.
A league official said the flooding was still under investigation to determine responsibility. Residents said their insurance plans would not cover the damage.
“As we continue to understand the extent of the damage, we are moving quickly to determine how we can best help homeowners get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible,” Mayor Jake Spano said.
At an emergency meeting Wednesday, the St. Louis Park City Council voted to reimburse affected residents, with a cap of $30,000 per household.