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Union Pacific Railroad

Driscoll, TX: (Jul-25-07) Driscoll City filed a lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad following a flooding in the late 1990s. The suit was originally filed by 80 Driscoll families whose homes or property were damaged in floods in 1997, 1998, and 1999. The suit alleges the railroad did not provide adequate openings in embankments and did not maintain culverts to allow water to flow through, causing damaging floods. The city added itself as a plaintiff in the suit, to help recover costs from repairing roads and equipment after the floods. Some residents have dropped out of the suit, others settled and some are still pursuing the suit.

In a settlement reached, Union Pacific Railroad agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations. Sources state that the city is likely to receive between $640,000 and $670,000 from the settlement after attorney fees and other expenses. [CALLER TIMES: CITY FLOODING]

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Published on Jul-27-07


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