BATON ROUGE – A
Tangipahoa Parish man has filed a class action against the state over
flooding allegedly caused by the construction of an interstate highway
in the parish.
E. Robertson, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated, filed a complaint on March 10 in the U.S. District Court for
the Middle District of Louisiana against
State of Louisiana and the Department of Transportation and Development
alleging that they violated the Fifth and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
to the complaint, the defendants constructed a section of Interstate
Highway 12 in Tangipahoa Parish across a flood plain. The suit states
the construction caused flooding in 1983 and twice in 2016 that
inundated the property of thousands in the parish.
holds the state of Louisiana and the Department of Transportation and
Development responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to take
reasonable care regarding the construction, use and control of the highway and
wrongfully took said property without just compensation.
plaintiff seeks compensatory damages, along with costs of this suit and
all other relief that are just and proper. He is represented by Eric R.
Nowak of Harrell & Nowak LLC in New Orleans and Byard Edwards Jr. in Hammond.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:17-cv-00138