New Hampshire Campground Owners Sued in Flood Death

September 23, 2009

The family of a 7-year-old Rhode Island girl killed in a flash flood at a New Hampshire campground has sued its owners.

Kaitlyn Ferra was vacationing with her parents, Brandon and Donna Ferra, and her brother at Ames Brook Campground in Ashland in August 2008 when heavy rains caused two brooks to merge and quickly flood their area.

Brandon Ferra tried to drive his family to safety, but a torrent of water hit their SUV. Everyone was ejected except Kaitlyn, who drowned.

The family alleges owners Vernon and Barbara Marion knew the campsite had a propensity to flood but failed to tell them about weather warnings and did nothing to help them when others began evacuating.

Vernon Marion told the Concord Monitor he hadn’t seen the lawsuit. He said his heart goes out to the Ferras.

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