Hancock business filing flood damage claim against city

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Dave Dow, the owner of Dave’s BP, seen above, is filing a claim of more than $64,000 against the city of Hancock for damages incurred from flooding caused by a faulty storm sewer.

HANCOCK — The owner of Dave’s BP is filing a $64,000 claim against Hancock for flooding damage caused by a faulty storm sewer in August.

Dave Dow said he had arrived at his service station 5 a.m. on Aug. 22 to find more than five feet of water in the basement. The water took out the station’s furnace, hot water heater, air compressor and financial records.

The flood also compromised the station’s containment system for fuel. The sand on the west side of the building had washed away, exposing the piping.

An Environmental Protection Agency inspector recommended the immediate closure of the pumps until repairs could be completed.

“My lot and business was gutted for 23 days,” Dow said.

The flood was the result of a blockage of a 24-inch storm sewer on Dunstan Street across from the business, Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson said in a letter to the city’s insurance company.

To fix the problem, the city rerouted about 290 feet of concrete sewer pipe, costing about $100,000, Anderson said.

Dow is seeking damages from the city of $64,313.

Dow’s insurance company is only covering damages inside the building.

The city has forwarded the claim to its insurance agency.