Muskogee commissions study after flooding lawsuits

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A study commissioned by the city of Muskogee suggests the city did nothing to contribute to flooding that damaged the homes of seven property owners who are suing for damages.

The city commissioned the $11,000 study as parts of its defense against lawsuits filed by homeowners who say the city should be responsible for flooding that damaged their homes several times during the past 15 years.

The lawsuit says the most recent flooding happened in May 2011.

Attorney Bart Fite, who's representing the city, says the study links the repeated flooding to decisions made by the neighborhood's developer - not the city. Fite tells the Muskogee Phoenix he will file a motion this week seeking the lawsuits' dismissal.

Attorney Bob Rush, who represents the homeowners, declined to comment.

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