Lawsuit filed for Harless Creek flood

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Another lawsuit has been filed after a 2010 flood in Pike County, this time claiming the state failed to enforce mining laws that could have made the flood preventable.

The lawsuit says rainwater runoff from Cambrian Coal's surface mine flooded into Harless Creek, destroying homes and carrying away cars.

And it says the coal company was operating without a valid permit, without adequate reclamation, and that the company may have been in violation of several other mining regulations, all of which the state ignored, according to the lawsuit.

"My clients do not think it's a coincidence that of the five horrific floods we've had in eastern Kentucky over the past three years all five were under unreclaimed strip mines," said attorney Ned Pillersdorf.

A lawsuit against Cambrian Coal Company was resolved earlier this year.

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