But their yard had flooded three other times -- water creeping up near the home but not entering it -- since they moved in just four months ago,
The Ganns, like many in the heavily flooded
Rice declined to discuss details of the case Thursday because he hasn't yet filed a complaint in court.
"We are investigating this and served the tort claims notice on the state, county and city," Rice said.
According to their tort notice, neighborhood residents "suffered severe and destructive floods because of the negligence of the governmental entities responsible for controlling the increased runoff from the recently completed
The Phillips Ditch, a county-maintained drainage ditch that crosses
Rice has sent the county a request for public records that includes records related to the ditch's inspection, maintenance and repair over the past 20 years, along with records pertaining to surface water runoff into the ditch and impact of the state's
Moats said the new highway, opened in
"In addition, all of INDOT's drainage plans for the new
"We feel bad for all of our neighbors who were affected by this recent natural disaster and want to lend our hand in whatever way we can," he wrote. "We are communicating with
WSBT in late June reported on the Ganns' complaints about the recurrent flooding, and how they wanted the county to investigate whether the ditch's culverts were working properly. For that report, county engineer
Clark could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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