Power company sued after ruptured sewer line causes home to flood

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 31, 2011, 5:44am

GALVESTON - Shelley B. Kraus of League City has filed suit against Texas-New Mexico Power Co. in response to a ruptured underground sewer line on her property.

In the original complaint filed Jan. 19 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2, Krauss explains that TNMPC broke the sewer line on Jan. 20, 2009, while it performed repairs on some underground electrical cable lines in her subdivision, including one buried in her backyard.

The plaintiff further claims bacteria-laced water containing fecal matter flooded her home from both toilets. Her and her son's bedrooms as well as the bathrooms bore the brunt of the flooding, the suit says.

According to court papers: "In addition to the property damage, the plaintiff and her son had to endure the foul smell of the remaining sewer water that seeped underneath their bedroom floors for several days following the rupture despite the plaintiff's best efforts to clean the affected areas of her home."

Kraus insists the alleged incident inflicted emotional distress and mental anguish upon her.

Consequently, she seeks unspecified monetary damages.

The Newman Law Firm is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 64,518

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