Louisiana agrees to $100M settlement in I-12 flooding lawsuit
Louisiana has agreed to pay $100 million in a decades-old lawsuit tied to poorly constructed barriers on I-12 that caused major flooding in the Baton Rouge area nearly 40 years ago.
The Louisiana Supreme Court initially ruled the state owed nearly $360 million, according to The Advocate. However, the state reached a settlement with lawyers representing the nearly 1,200 property owners whose homes and business flooded near the Tangipahoa River.
“We will be signing a settlement agreement within the next day or so,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told The Advocate.
The newspaper reported that roughly a third of the property owners in the suit have died since it was first filed. Their money will go to their heirs.
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