Meeting for Possible Flood Lawsuit

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

Prestonsburg attorney, Ned Pillersdorf, held a meeting at a church in Harless Creek to learn more about what happened during the flood. He wanted to talk to the people and decide if he would represent the people of Harless Creek and file a claim. Pillersdorf calls the Pike County flood a tidal wave and says he was contacted by the Harless Creek Community.

"These people are convinced that the tidal wave that engulfed their community was caused by the mining above their homes," Pillersdorf said.

Cambrian Coal Corporation is responsible for the mine.

"Apparently there have been citations by the state that the mining practices were not what they should've been. If in fact that's true, I mean, the damages in Harless creek is beyond anything i've ever seen."

Pillersdorf's partner, Steve Sanders, says they have a lot of work to do before they can file the claim.

"We have to do more investigation about the mining. We have to do investigation on people's personal damage, what was done to them and research the law to figure out if we can make a claim for them and try to get some help. Some of these homes have been completely destroyed by the flood," said Sanders.

Right now, the people are simply hoping this possible lawsuit will help get their belongings back.

"Maybe get my home back. some stuff. never like it was before," said Wilma Owney of Harless Creek.

"Just to get back what I had. My house was in pretty good shape. I'm too old to redo it again so I'd like to get back what I had," said Ervin Thacker, a Harless Creek resident.

Pillersdorf says he will most likely represent these people, especially after hearing their stories.

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