Nearly two years after Barbara Failer's basement was flooded with water three feet deep from a broken city main, she is still emotional about her losses.
"I had kept one trunk with memorabilia, childhood toys, letters from my grandmother. . . . They all drowned," Failer said Friday, her voice breaking.
She was one of several people who testified Friday at a special City Council committee hearing. It was held to consider ways of compensating residents and businesses in Southwest Center City who were hit hard when a 48-inch water main broke July 22, 2012, at 22d and Bainbridge Streets. Claims have totaled $1.9 million - far surpassing the city's $500,000 liability cap.