- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) - The case of the Hope Mills Lake dam that failed almost four years ago continues in court now that a judge has ruled the town can pursue a negligence claim against one of the builders.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1j6HcFL) that town attorney T.C. Morphis Jr. says Superior Court Judge Erwin Spainhour made the ruling Wednesday.

Morphis said Spainhour ruled that the town could pursue a negligence claim against AMEC Environment and Infrastructure. The ruling reversed an earlier decision releasing AMEC from negligence claims.

In October 2012, the town sued the designers and builders of the $14 million dam, which failed in June 2010, emptying the town’s centerpiece lake. A trial date of July 28 has been set.

The dam was built less than two years before it was breached.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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