Flooding from Gaston prompts lawsuit

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Just days before the fifth anniversary of the devastating Gaston flood, a 31 million dollar lawsuit surfaces against the city of Richmond. The suit was filed by nearly two dozen Shockoe Bottom businesses.

The 32 page lawsuit was filed August 14. 19 businesses are named as plaintiffs including Bottoms Up Pizza, River City Diner and Havana 59.

You'll recall the damage down here to dozens of businesses by Gaston floodwaters back on August 30, 2004. The lawsuit places blame on the city for failing to maintain and inspect flood control systems in Shockoe Bottom.

The businesses want 25 million in compensatory damages plus $350,000 for each business named in the suit. Michael Ripp, who owned Havana 59 and O'Brien's Irish Pub, says after realizing the city wasn't going to take action regarding what he calls its negligence in the Bottom, the businesses got together and decided to file suit.

Richmond City Spokesperson, Michael Wallace says at this time the city has not been served and would not comment but wouldn't comment anyway on a pending lawsuit.

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