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Flood debt settlement appeared in reach, but senators hesitate

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Louisiana owes millions to Tangipahoa Parish residents whose homes flooded because of interstate construction work.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 2:34 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana owes millions to Tangipahoa Parish residents whose homes flooded because of interstate construction work.

But lawmakers continue to hesitate at making the payment. Louisiana constructed Interstate 12 across a watershed four decades ago, and that construction was blamed for flooding that destroyed homes and businesses in the town of Robert.

The Advocate reports Louisiana lost a lawsuit in 2006 and was ordered to pay victims $91 million. The interest has ballooned that debt to $330 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards struck a tentative settlement to pay $130 million. But senators say an obscure 1946 law could nullify all legal judgements against the state over 10 years old.

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