Baltimore City's plan to deal with sewage overflows

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kim Anderson has been a homeowner in the Grove Park neighborhood for three years, and for three years she has had to deal with sewage muck coming into her home. “It makes me not want to be a homeowner,” said Anderson. “It has disrupted my life at very important times. I’ve had to call my insurance company and I’m a new homer and I don’t know what they are going to do. I don’t know what I’m going to do I’ve had terrible damage.” The city offers up to $2,500 in reimbursements for damages caused by sewage water entering people’s homes— but it has to be from a wet event and you can’t get it if you are covered through home owners insurance. “If you haven’t been out of pocket this is supposed to recompense you for what you have out of pocket,” said De Santis. “If you paid a deductible, we’ll reimburse you for the deductible. Otherwise we’re talking about the insurance company getting money not you personally.” For Anderson who has homeowners insurance—she says that’s not nearly enough to cover the cleanup and repairs, not to mention the loss of property. “Cleanup alone is over $6,500,” said Anderson.