From the Daily News:
Hundreds of Queens homeowners whose homes were ravaged by torrential rainstorms and flooding in 2007 found out this week the city won't be paying them for their losses.
City Controller Bill Thompson, who informed the property owners of the decision via letters, said he had no choice but to reject their claims.
He cited a Department of Environmental Protection investigation that found the city was not liable. Heavy rains overwhelmed the sewer lines and workers did everything they could to battle the floods, according to the DEP.
About 328 people from Queens filed claims to the city after the July downpours, and 810 people filed after the August floods.
Victims of the July storms have until April 15 to file lawsuits against the city. The deadline for victims of the August flood is May 5.