Blogs » On the Docket » Videos released in culvert case


What's the latest on Keith Redburn's case against the city of Victoria?

On Thursday, he attached to an email to the Victoria Advocate videos that show what his property in the 900 block of Stayton Avenue looked like after Saturday's storm. That storm dumped anywhere from 1.6 to 3.4 inches of rain on Victoria, according to earlier reports.

Redburn estimated today that the water was between 6 to 7 feet deep and stagnant. He said the water eroded an area that is approximately 65 feet wide by 14 feet deep by 600 feet long from West to Bluff.

Redburn's fight with the city about a culvert that he says dumps debris and water onto his land began years ago. It reached new heights when he laid five tons of concrete at the mouth of the culvert though.

The Advocate last reported on his case on May 16 when justices with the Thirteenth Court of Appeals dropped City Manager Charmelle Garrett and Public Works Director Lynn Short from the lawsuit. Redburn's attorney Norman D. Jones has just one more day to file a motion for rehearing for that ruling.

The case was also remanded back to a lower court in March. It is ongoing.

"City is quickly burning through Tax Payers money without regard to indefensible position. City Staff and Counsel continue to disregard the black and white facts of the case. The City has neither Easement, Ownership, Rightaway, or Legal Agreement to justify the continued and ongoing damage and trespass to my property that this heavy volume of water and trash bring," Redburn said via email.

The city has said Mr. Redburn agreed to purchase the property "as is," which means he must follow the previous property owner's 1941 agreement with city council to assume any damage from the culvert. That property owner wanted to fence it in.

What do you think about this case?