DeKalb Co. refuses to pay for home cleanup after main break

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

Don Mixon's home on McKoy Street was flooded after a water main break in late May.

DECATUR, Ga. - DeKalb County is refusing to cover the repair costs from a water main break and now a homeowner plans to sue the county.

Don Mixon's home on McKoy Street was flooded after a water main break in late May.

He told Channel 2's Erica Byfield the flooding caused $20,000 worth of damage to his home.

"I just can't, can't afford this. I can't afford to absorb the cost of all of this," Mixon told Byfield.

Mixon wants DeKalb County to cover the costs to rebuild his basement and replace his damaged belongings.

DeKalb County recently rejected Mixon's claim to cover the repair costs, saying what happened was an "act of nature."

"This is definitely not an act of nature. They busted a pipe installing an irrigation system for someone. They had a jackhammer in the street," he said.

Mixon hired an attorney and wants to file a lawsuit.

A DeKalb County representative sent Byfield a statement saying, "The county has investigated the claim and stands by its decision that the county is not at fault for any water damage that might have occurred at this residence.

"As the homeowner has expressed the inclination to pursue legal action we have no further comment at this time."

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