- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California county is countersuing residents of a subdivision over a landslide last year that damaged numerous homes.

Lake County officials say the Lakeport residents and their homeowners’ association are to blame for the slide because they failed to maintain their landscaping, vegetation and irrigation system.

Adam Abel, an attorney handling the lawsuit for the county, says the residents’ irrigation lines had significant leaks.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports (https://bit.ly/1rFxjIc) that the county’s lawsuit was served on the homeowners late last month.

The homeowners have sued the county, saying a leaking public water system caused the land to give way.

Homeowner Randall Fitzgerald said the county’s countersuit adds insult to injury

Lakeport is about 120 miles north of San Francisco.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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