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Louisiana agrees to $100M settlement in I-12 flooding lawsuit

8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, March 24 2022 Mar 24, 2022 March 24, 2022 5:55 PM March 24, 2022 in News
Source: The Advocate
Photo: The Advocate

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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