Mercyhealth files complaint against Rockford over June 2018 flooding

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Mercyhealth is taking its complaint about the city of Rockford’s stormwater sewer system to the courts on the 1-year anniversary of major flooding at the Javon Bea Hospital Rockton Campus.

According to Mercyhealth, the complaint seeks to:

  • Restrain the City from depositing or diverting water from its stormwater sewer system onto the Hospital’s property;
  • Require the City to prevent water from its stormwater sewer system from entering the Hospital’s property; and
  • Require the City to make all improvements to its stormwater sewer system and other infrastructure necessary to prevent the deposit or diversion of water from that system onto the Hospital’s property.

On June 5, Indiana-based Federal Insurance Company filed a $24.2 million lawsuit against the city of Rockford over the June 18 flooding that Mercyhealth said cost $30 million and forced the hospital to relocate the pharmacy for a period of time while crews restored the areas affected.

The lawsuit alleges the city failed to properly install, clean or inspect the storm sewer system that allowed for rain water to drain from the Javon Bea Hospital into the Rockford sewer system.

Last week, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara released the following statement on the Federal Insurance Company lawsuit:

“As with any lawsuit, our Legal Department will review the merits of the claim and advise accordingly. As Mayor, it is important for me to protect the interest of our taxpayers. And when an entity files suit or threatens litigation at the expense of our citizens, I take it very seriously and will take every responsible action to defend our community.”

According to Mercyhealth, the City of Rockford declined to seek resolution with the hospital during a 30-day period and Mercyhealth said it was forced to file the complaint before the end of June 18, exactly 1 year after the flooding.

A statement from Mercyhealth President and CEO Javon Bea reads in part:

“It pains me greatly to inform you today that City of Rockford leadership has forced our Board of Directors to direct Mercyhealth’s legal department to seek the intervention of the court system to protect our Rockton Avenue hospital and medical campus, and ensure that we can deliver critical healthcare services to the citizens of Rockford and its West Side for decades to come.”

Mayor Tom McNamara released a statement in response to Mercyhealth’s complaint:

“As with any lawsuit, our Legal Department will review the merits of the claim and advise accordingly.  As Mayor, it is important for me to protect the interest of our tax payers.  And when an entity files suit or threatens litigation at the expense of our citizens, I take it very seriously and will take every responsible action to defend our community.”

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