Another lawsuit filed against DOTD for flooding on I-12

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is facing another lawsuit for construction that one man says is causing severe and repeated flooding.

According to The Baton Rouge Business Report, Levi Robertson is suing the DOTD. He claims the state built a section of I-12 across the Tangipahoa floodplain that does not drain properly.

That section of interstate apparently created a dirt embankment with only three small openings for water to flow through.

"The defendant constructed this section of Interstate Highway I-12 even though no hydrologic studies were done to determine the backwater effect or to determine the return frequency of any rainfall event and resulting runoff discharge for this location," the lawsuit says.

Documents show that Robertson alleges the state knew about design flaws in the section of highway in the 1960s. He claims that the state was warned as early as 1973 that the dirt embankment caused upstream flooding, even after minimal rainfalls.

This suit is the second claim of its kind against the DOTD.

Earlier this year, the cities of Walker and Denham Springs officially filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Louisiana and all contractors involve in the I-12 widening project.

"We are asking that the state fix the problems created by the private contractors who designed and built the barrier wall," said lead attorney Josh Palmintier in a prior interview with WAFB.

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