Drainage ditch debacle: Oklahoma woman asking Shawnee to pay for flood damage

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SHAWNEE, Okla. - A Shawnee resident says the city is responsible for flood damage to her home.

Nancy Spencer’s home flooded in June 2015 after the city experienced torrential rains.

More than a year later, the damage is still evident with cracked floors, the stench of mold and everything crooked from the house settling.

“It smells like dirty, stale, mold and water. I mean still to this day,” said Spencer. “This bedroom here is pretty much, it’s shot. They’re not sure they can fix it. And you can see it’s collapsed and it’s gone to an angle.”

Nancy says she and her son worked furiously with a wet vac to try and remove the water as it came rushing inside the home.

They lost count at 1,000 gallons.

After the water receded, Spencer realized that a work crew that had been doing work in her yard filled in an 8 foot drainage ditch that was designed to keep water away from her home.

She says the city admitted to filling it, but has accepted no responsibility.

“They basically said that they’re not responsible because even though they filled it, they didn’t realize that it was going to cause me to flood,” said Spencer.

Estimates to fix her home have topped $80,000.

Spencer says she can’t afford to repair the home on her fixed income and even if she did repair it, the home still floods during heavy rains.

She has nowhere else to go but says it’s not a healthy place for her family to live.

“It’s embarrassing you know when you have family or friends come over and they walk into your 86-year-old mother’s bedroom and there’s a hole in the roof and mold,” said Spencer.

Spencer says if the city doesn’t do something, she’s considering filing a lawsuit.

We tried numerous times to get in touch with Shawnee city officials, but they did not return our calls.

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