Augusta flood victim slams commission's 'cowardly actions,' threatens lawsuit

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta Commission went behind closed doors to tackle a local family's flooding concerns. When the legal meeting came to an end, they decided to take no action.

"But what else is new?" questioned B. B. Langham. "This town has been failed by its leadership for quite some time."

Commissioners met to discuss short-term housing and possibly buying out the Langham family. They lived in the Hollywood subdivision by Rocky Creek. The family says they are now homeless because of drainage problems at Rocky Creek. News 12 was there as commissioners surveyed the damage last month. The family is now threatening legal action.

"We saw some cowardly actions this evening," Langham said. "I just hope the legal system is not as cowardly and a lot more fair."

Mr. Langham says his family canceled flood insurance because it became "too expensive."

The city administrator was expected to ask commissioners to allow him to begin negotiations with the family. Those negotiations seem to be on hold.

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