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Cleveland homeowner says county construction project flooded basement

Posted at 11:24 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:25:47-04

A homeowner on the westside of Cleveland told News 5 that a Cuyahoga County construction project caused a water leak that flooded his basement, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages. 

Miguel DeJesus said he was given a leak notice and told to fix the leak that poured gallons of water into his basement and damaged two brand new water heaters. 

DeJesus has lived in the home for 20 years, and he said he had never had any issues with flooding until a street construction project began in front of his home on W. 73rd Street. 

“They gave me a leak notice that I’m supposed to fix it that but that’s not my property,” DeJesus told newsnet5.com

A Cleveland Water worker said that the leaking area is currently buried and will need to be dug up. 

DeJesus family said that the house now is without water and Miguel DeJesus will have to relocate for the time being. 

“This is not fair for my family; it’s not fair for anybody to go through this,” DeJesus’ daughter, Lorrayne DeJesus, told News 5 there’s too much damage.

The family said they cannot afford to repair the damage and right now no one is taking the blame. 

“They started playing the blaming game," DeJesus said. "No, it was them. And then they started saying that it was our fault the house fault.”