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Settlement avoids trial over Boardman River flood

There will be no trial over a flash flood two years ago near Traverse City that happened as a dam along the Boardman River was being removed.


In October 2012, the deluge swamped homes, cottages and private bridges -- forcing mandatory evacuations and road closures. 


Thirteen property owners sued the contractors -- and local governments. At one time, they were said to be asking $6 million. Non-disclosure agreements were signed in some cases as part if the settlement.


Just before Christmas, the last of the plaintiffs agreed to take an undisclosed amount for the damages to their properties. Not all are happy with the outcome, but they avoid the uncertainty of a trial with contractors AMEC and Molon Excavating.


The second of three dams on the Boardman River is expected to be removed next year. Officials say they plan to use different methods and they’re confident they can avoid a replay.


The entire project is expected to cost more than 15 million dollars.