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10:48 PM EST, February 25, 2013
SOUTH BEND -- A group homeowners affected by flooding near the former New Energy ethanol plant in Rum Village, urged the Common Council, Monday evening, to come up with a long-term fix.
“We are good, hard-working, low-income families now being offered a band-aid to ease the pain and cost instead of a permanent solution,” said Linda Cole, a homeowner.
The plant's current operators recently turned on one of the facility's water pumps, after Mayor Pete Buttigieg issued an executive order agreeing to help pay for the electric costs.
The move is helping reduce flooding and mold, but nearby homeowners say the city can't keep paying that bill forever.
“I think the residents and the city need to work together to come up with something positive, something long-term if we cannot find another owner for that plant,” said Peggy Tomkiewicz, a homeowner.
A bankruptcy hearing for the plant and its owners is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
The court date could reveal more information about what might become of the plant and how that'll affect the water level.
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