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May 9, 2014

High court sides with city over sewage spill into home

Associated Press

PORTLAND — Sharon Dunn heard a roar, felt her house shake and watched a sludgy goo of brown-gray sewer water ooze out of her toilet and bathroom sink. It kept coming, dripping from her ceiling, forming a mass 3 inches high that reached her hallway and living room.

The noise was the Portland suburb of Milwaukie's high-pressure cleaning of its sewer system. Dunn says the city let its waste seep onto her property, and the sludge destroyed everything it touched. She also argues that by allowing it to happen, the city effectively claimed her property — and she was owed compensation.

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