|By Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But last week -- like thousands of others across metro
"There's something that went wrong, something the city did not do," said Jackson, 70, a retired fire fighter who did not have insurance coverage for the backup. "We're not getting any help or answers from the city."
It's a feeling echoed by angry homeowners from
"People need to be well informed in order to protect their rights and to hold government accountable," said Jackson's
Thousands of homes and businesses in
Baydoun's law firm, the
Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, a law firm in metro
Dubin's law firm has filed numerous lawsuits over the years against cities including
The use of attorneys has concerned some city officials, who note that you don't need an attorney to fill out a flood claim, which is true. But attorneys say it helps to have a legal expert fill out the forms accurately and submit them to the right government agency. Residents have 45 days to fill out a form after the flood.
Dubin, Baydoun, and other attorneys say it's too early to say whether they will file lawsuits and are currently in the process of gathering information.
In their defense, city officials in metro
"This was an extraordinary storm,"