Pittsburgh couple sue water and sewer authority over basement flooding

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 19, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A couple are suing Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, a municipal corporation, citing alleged negligence.

Joshua R. Guthridge and Laura B. Guthridge filed a complaint on Aug. 24, in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, against Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority alleging that the municipal corporation breached its duty of good faith and fair dealings.

The plaintiffs allege that on July 2 they suffered damages to their property on Main St. in Pittsburgh because of flooding in their basement from storm and sewage water, as a result of the alleged negligence of the defendant.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain the sewer line under Main Street, which affected other homeowners along the street. Plaintiffs were further injured by the lack of assistance from the defendant with rapidly rising water and sewer in their property. 

The plaintiffs hold Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly inspect and repair the sewer line, failed to investigate the dangerous condition of the sewer line, failed to perform routine maintenance, and failed to properly train and supervise employees.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant for damages, plus interest and cost. They are represented by R. Sean O'Connell of Rob Leonard Mulvihill LLP in Pittsburgh.

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