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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 04/30/2010

Va. judge dismisses flooding lawsuit

By Washington Post editors

A class-action lawsuit seeking $10 million from Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation for 2006 flooding damage in Huntington has been dismissed, according to county court records, the Washington Examiner reports.

Fairfax County Circuit Judge Robert J. Smith tossed the suit filed by more than 100 homeowners along Cameron Run, who said the construction of the Capital Beltway decades ago caused flooding that filled some basements with sewage-laced water up to the first floor.

The plaintiffs' attorney Bob Cynkar said Thursday he will appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Virginia, adding that Smith made a "howling error" in ruling the homeowners had to show repeated harm caused by the Beltway construction rather than one-time flooding.

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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