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New information to be presented in fight to save homes in Peoplestown

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The City of Atlanta is in a legal battle with a few residents in the Peoplestown community as they try to take the remaining homes to build a retention pond and park.

Tanya Washington, a resident of Peoplestown who just lost her case, claims new information has been uncovered by her and her legal team that could blow the case wide-open. Washington's lawyer produced a city email which says the work that has already been done in Peoplestown is enough to prevent another flood.

"Those documents should have been turned over, so that they were available to us during the litigation of my case,"said Washington. 

The city says to fix the flooding problems that plague the area, they need to buy up a number of homes, tear them down and build a retention pond and park that will help with the drainage issues.

The city has begun to use eminent domain to take control of the homes.

Washington, who is a law professor, tells CBS46 News that they'll present evidence in court Thursday of documents that the city has refused to turn over until now.

"I think we should have won with the evidence we had, but this information is also very relevant to our case," said Washington. CBS46's Mike Dunston asked her if it was "bombshell information". She said "I would describe it as such." Washington believes the new information coming out in court Thursday will help them win their case, and help her win her appeal.

During court proceedings on Thursday, an engineer hired by the homeowners said the city made a rush decision in forcing homeowners out of Peoplestown. The engineer says that in 2014, there was work done to fix the drainage problem those homeowners were experiencing. He adds that there is work scheduled to take place that should alleviate any future flooding altogether. 

In other words, the engineer says the city could have fixed the problem without forcing anyone from their homes. He also said that the work that needed to be done was far enough away from the homes that there was really no need to make changes to the homeowner's properties.

CBS46 asked the attorney for the city for comment but he declined, telling us we would need to get in touch with a city spokesperson.

On a side note, Washington says her lingering litigation battle with the city has forced her to put her dreams of running for politics on hold.

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