In response to a lawsuit filed recently by Granite City residents, the Metro East Sanitary District is suing Granite City. At issue is the flash flooding that hit the city last August that dropped 9 ½ inches of rain on the city, damaging cars, homes, and businesses. The head of the district says this is an attempt at a remedy to place the blame where it belongs.

The district claims to show many of the city’s storm sewers have been paved over (pictured), resulting in localized flooding. The suit filed by residents last month claims negligence on the part of the MESD, to which MESD Executive Director Steven Adler tells The Big Z is a case of “misplaced accountability.”

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Adler also alleges Granite City is pumping sewage into the stormwater system in Nameoki ditch which feeds Horseshoe Lake, and hopes the legal action gets that issue fixed as well.

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