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Hope Mills approves $9.4M settlement in dam lawsuit

Posted July 14, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014

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— The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners on Monday night unanimously accepted a $9.4 million settlement in its lawsuit over the failed Hope Mills Lake Dam.

Concrete on the Hope Mills Lake Dam failed in June 2010, 18 months after it was built to replace an earthen dam that burst during heavy rains in 2003. Emergency repairs were done immediately after the failure to stabilize the dam, but no work has been done since.

The town filed a negligence lawsuit against the firms that designed and built the dam, and the case was scheduled to go to trial in two weeks.

Hope Mills settled with Mosher Engineering last November for $158,683. The settlement reached Monday would cover the remaining defendants, and the commissioners said in their resolution approving the deal that they believe the more than $9.5 million recouped from the designers and builders would be enough to rebuild the dam and not need a tax increase to pay for it.

The settlement will be divided as follows: Crowder Construction Co., Specialized Services Inc., Morrison Engineers and their insurance companies will pay $4.25 million; McKim & Creed and its insurer will pay $1 million; and AMEC Environmental & Infrastructure Inc. and its insurer will pay $4.15 million.

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  • justabumer Jul 15, 2014

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    It wasn't just approved - it was required. By the government regulations.

  • Bill Gibson Jul 15, 2014
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    You've just got to wonder why such an intricate structure was approved for such a small lake. A million dollars of sandbags would have probably done just as good a job, and if they washed out, you could put another million in every couple of years.

  • justabumer Jul 15, 2014

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    It took what could have been a simple project and added stuff which complicates the construction. The section which failed is part of that huge chunk of concrete which meanders around the lower section of the pond. And it is a pond (a millpond), not a lake.

  • 45ACP Jul 15, 2014

    Dam Lawsuit!

  • iopsyc Jul 15, 2014

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    I don't see how government regulation can lead to faulty construction.

  • Just another bad guy Jul 15, 2014

    Probably just one of those companies are to blame, but when lawyers get involved anyone who can spell 'dam' gets sued.

  • daisy Jul 15, 2014

    Glad this is settled and I am looking forward to seeing the lake back to how it used to be. Although the town's population has probably outgrown it but I really enjoyed watching the fireworks over the lake on the 4th each year before the dam broke.

  • justabumer Jul 15, 2014

    This entire fiasco could have probably been avoided if the government had stayed out of the situation and let the town rebuild the failed dam without a fish ladder and all of the other ridiculous requirements.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 15, 2014
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    GOOD! It's time shoddy work by companies costs the companies huge bucks!!!! Build it right the first time!