Joleen Williams has wrestled with the City of Tallahassee over drainage issues since work began next to her home in the area of a major electric utility easement.
The work, which included altering the slope of the land, has resulted in flooding of her property during rainstorms.
Ms. Williams, who lives in Paradise Village East, a low income neighborhood of mobile homes located in the southeast corner of Apalachee Parkway and Capital Circle Southeast, told Tallahassee Reports that after months of complaining the City has failed to address the issue.
In fact, in response to a claim filed with the City, Ms. Williams received a letter from the City’s risk insurance vendor stating that:
the City of Tallahassee had no direct involvement with the reported loss and will be unable to assist you with this matter.
The letter went on to refer Ms. Williams to an employee of the Hooper Corporation located in Madison, Wisconsin.
At this point Ms. Williams said she feels ignored and betrayed.
“All I get is phone calls asking what do you want us to do, I do not have the answers” said Ms. Williams. “They are the experts. They need figure how to stop the flooding and then figure out the damage their actions have caused.”
A visit to the site shows visible damage caused by running water.
The picture below shows a hole next to an uneven sidewalk in front of her mobile home.
Ms. Williams believes that based on the City’s recent experience with the lack of sidewalk maintenance, the condition pictured below represents a public safety issue.
During heavy rains, water appears to run through her yard and under her mobile home. A water pipe that once was underground is now fully exposed and Ms. Williams fears she will have a problem with mold.
Tallahassee Reports talked to a City employee in the Risk Management Division who was familiar with Ms. Williams issue, and were told that “it is still up to the contractor to fix the issue.”
She added “this is very unfortunate, but this is how the law works.”
Ms. Williams does not understand the process.
” I live in the City and I pay my taxes, why do I have to deal with someone in Wisconsin. I should not have to hire a lawyer to get this resolved” said Ms. Williams.