Columbus not liable for flooded homes

The city of Columbus accepts no responsibility for flooded homes but will seek help from engineering consultants on improvements.

“This body never accepted responsibility for flooding,” City Manager Isaiah Hugley told Columbus Council during it quarterly work session at the Government Center. It would be a policy decision if the city started now, he said.

Hugley's comments came Tuesday after City Engineer Donna Newman presented a 65-page report on flooding that swept across Columbus on Feb. 28. At least 21 homes and five businesses were flooded along with 76 streets with standing water.

Mayor Jim Wetherington and other councilors agree the city can do more to help residents whose homes were damaged by flooding. “I want you to tell me what we can do and not what we can’t do,” the mayor said.