City of Rockford faces $24.2 million lawsuit over hospital flood damage

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- An Indiana-based insurance company filed a lawsuit against the city of Rockford over alleged flood damage to a local hospital.

According to the lawsuit, Federal Insurance Company seeks $24.2 million dollars from the city.

The lawsuit, filed in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, alleges the company paid Mercy Health System Corporation that amount as a result of flood damage at the Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital - Rockton campus on June 18, 2018.

Filed on June 5, 2019, the lawsuit claims the city failed to properly install, clean or inspect the storm sewer system that allowed for rain water to drain from the campus into the Rockford sewer system.

Federal Insurance Company requests a jury trial. The next scheduled court hearing is August 29.

City of Rockford Chief of Staff Wester Wuori says the city has yet to be served the lawsuit, and that it won't otherwise comment on pending litigation.

23 News also reached out to Mercyhealth, which declined comment at this time.