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Moore Man Fights City Hall On Flooding Issue

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Moore resident Danny Stull says a drainage issue his city caused is putting his backyard under water. Moore resident Danny Stull says a drainage issue his city caused is putting his backyard under water.
MOORE, Oklahoma -

Talks of a lawsuit are in the works over a battle that has been brewing for years between some irritated neighbors and the City of Moore.

Moore resident Danny Stull says a drainage issue his city caused is putting his backyard under water. Stull says the City of Moore is now refusing to fix the problem, but city officials have a different story.

"I don't feel the city [is] negligent," Stan Drake, Moore assistant city manager said. "I feel like we have answered the complaints. We've tried to address the issues."

Stull says that's not good enough. He wants the barrier wall replaced, the spillway doubled in size and his pond cleaned out.

"They're dumping two neighborhoods in this pond," Stull said. "They created this problem. I think they should fix this problem."

Stull says for four years he has been going back and forth with the city, ever since, he says, more water has been filling his pond. Pictures show half of his backyard full, and the water is eroding the earth surrounding the pond wall.

"This is the City of Moore just dumping water where [it] wants to, and we're supposed to live with it," Stull said.

The city says there has always been the same amount of water in the basin where Stull's pond is located. The city has already performed projects to ease the water flow, but Stull says it's not helping.

Both parties do agree that the water is coming in faster due to new concrete runoffs. That is why the city feels it necessary to explore the idea of using taxpayer money to get it all fixed.

"I will get the cost estimates, and it will be left up to city council if we go in and do the improvements," Drake said.

Stull, however, is not holding his breath. He says at the last city council meeting, he was told the city is not liable.

"I'm the little guy going against the city," Stull said. "I'm left with no recourse."

Stull's recourse may go beyond the city level. Stull says he plans to sue the city. Both Stull and the city have hired engineering firms to explore the issue.

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