Kauai County Responsible for $7.5 Million in Dam Settlement

February 2, 2010

Hawaii’s Kauai County has agreed to pay $7.5 million for its portion of the $25.4 million Kaloko dam global settlement.

The county said that it will pay out $250,000, with the balance to be covered by its insurance carriers.

The settlement that was reached in October covers lawsuits filed by the families of seven people killed when the dam broke in 2006. Property owners who suffered damage when the dam failed were also parties in the suit.

The suit were filed against other landowners, the county and the state. The state’s share of the settlement is $1.5 million.

Eighty-three-year-old landowner James Pflueger is awaiting an April trial on seven counts of manslaughter in connection with the break.

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