A nine-year legal battle has ended in Burlington County over the failure of dams during major creek flooding in 2004.

2004 Burlington County flooding (U.S. Geological Survey)

A judge in Mount Holly on Wednesday approved a final settlement, bringing the total awarded to more than 200 homeowners and businesses to nearly $12 million.

The Courier-Post reports the final settlement was between property owners along branches of Rancocas Creek and KSA Inc., a defunct Medford engineering firm.

During the 2004 flooding, 50 dams failed or overflowed, sending water rushing down the creek and overrunning  parts of Lumberton, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Vincentown and Evesham.

A lawsuit had accused KSA of delaying preparation of needed engineering studies to upgrade three dams in Medford and two in Tabernacle.

KSA did not admit any wrongdoing.

 

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