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Manhattan Businessman Asks Town To Pay For Flood Damages

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A Manhattan business owner asks the city to be held responsible for damages to his business after major flooding swept through the area.

Bruce Hanson is the owner of Auto Inn Garage in Manhattan. His business was flooded last month, leaving significant damage to his building.

"The electrical components, welders, chop saws and auto parts were all damaged," said Hanson.

Hanson is now asking the city to take responsibility. He says the city failed to maintain the storm drain system, which he says caused a majority of the flooding.

He believes the storm system was plugged 90% when the flooding occurred.

"There was a storm drain in place, but if you don't keep it clean then it doesn't work," said Hanson. "If that was running at 100% efficiency, it basically would have emptied a one-acre pond, one foot deep in an hour."

Hanson has been told his damages cannot be covered by insurance.
 
"The river did not flood. I'm not in the flood zone. What happened to me was significant moisture that melted all at the same time," said Hanson.

Manhattan Mayor, Dave Rowell said the city's engineer is working on a study to assess what happened

"The study might be able to shed some light on the true causes," said Rowell.

Rowell said there was a lot of water that came down from the south of the interstate and that majority of the flooding might have been preventable.

"The study may lead to some drainage work or maybe some piping in town," said Rowell. "We don't have a true storm sewer system here in town."

As for Hanson, he is hoping to city steps up and takes responsibility.

"If they don't offer to clean this storm drain system then they should be held accountable," said Hanson.

The last major flooding in Manhattan happened 86 years ago.

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