Fernley Flood Victims Get Share of Settlement

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FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) - About 600 victims of a flood caused by the failure of a century-old irrigation canal in Fernley in 2008 have received their share of a $10 million settlement.

The settlement funds distributed last month stemmed from class-action lawsuits against the city of Fernley, Lyon County and the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District board.

Fernley paid $5 million and Lyon County $1.3 million, while County Mutual Insurance Co. paid $3.8 million on behalf of six irrigation district board members.

Attorney Robert Maddox, who represents the plaintiffs, says $6 million was divided among flood victims, an estimated $3.3 million went to attorney's fees, and $700,000 covered expert witness fees and other costs.

The Jan. 5, 2008 breach of the Truckee Canal sent a wall of water into a Fernley neighborhood.