Feds On The Hook For $1.8M In Delay Of Flood Control Project

Law360 (September 24, 2019, 11:39 PM EDT) -- The federal government is liable for flood-related damages and suspension of work in a $5.8 million flood-control project in Nogales, Arizona, that was never completed, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled Monday, awarding an engineering contractor $1.86 million in damages.

The dispute centers on a contract between Meridian Engineering Co. and the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers that called for the demolition and reconstruction of a highway bridge, excavation of a flood control channel and replacement of a sewage pipeline, according to Meridian's 2011 suit. But the project was plagued by poor government planning and inaccurate specifications that repeatedly brought...

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