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City, county sued for negligence

Posted: Monday, Feb 25th, 2013

With rain pouring down and his mobile home park inundated by Six Mile Creek, Rosewood owner Tony Johnson (left) carries a container of records and office materials to dry land. The scene is from a September 2010 flood. Johnson and his wife, who had to close the mobile home court permanently, are the named plaintiffs in a class action suit against Brookings city and county governments. They allege negligence in maintaining the waterway. Jill Fier/Register

• Class action suit says governments should pay for damages from 2010 flooding of Six Mile Creek

BROOKINGS – A Sioux Falls law firm is inviting victims of a 2010 flood in Brookings to participate in a class action lawsuit against the city and Brookings County.

The firm of Johnson, Heidepriem & Abdallah is suing the two entities for alleged negligence in maintaining their storm water systems, claiming that the governments’ failure to clear obstructions and debris contributed to the flooding of Six Mile Creek on Sept. 23, 2010.

Two mobile home parks, a townhouse development, businesses, apartments and single-family homes along the northwestern edge of Brookings were inundated following a record rainfall and resultant flooding that local officials called a “100-year event.”

For the complete article see the 02-23-2013 issue.

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