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Hope Mills accepts $9.4 million settlement over failed dam

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The failed Hope Mills dam currently has part of the wall torn down to prevent further erosion from a leak under the dam. The failed Hope Mills dam currently has part of the wall torn down to prevent further erosion from a leak under the dam.
A concrete dam at Hope Mills Lake failed less than two years after it was constructed. A concrete dam at Hope Mills Lake failed less than two years after it was constructed.
HOPE MILLS, N.C. -

The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners voted Monday to accept a $9.4 million settlement in its lawsuit over a dam that failed almost four years ago.

Mayor Jackie Warner said the next step is to work with engineers to rebuild the Hope Mills Lake Dam and refill the lake. Currently the lake bed is mostly dry and overgrown, with just the Little Rockfish Creek going through it.

In 2010, the town sued the companies that designed and built a $14 million concrete dam that failed less than two years after it was constructed. Among the companies the town sued were Crowder Construction, McKim & Creed, Morrison Engineers, AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Mosher Engineering, Timothy LaBounty and Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

The concrete dam was built after the original, 79-year-old earthen dam failed in May 2003 when up to 8 inches of rain fell in a short time.

Crowder Construction and Morrison Engineers agreed to pay $4.25 million of the $9.4 million settlement, McKim & Creed agreed to pay $1 million, and AMEC Environment and Infrastructure agreed to pay $4.15 million. In November 2013, the town also settled with Mosher Engineering for $158,683.15.

Residents of Hope Mills said the town lost some of its character without the lake because people would swim, fish and water ski on it. The town also held Christmas and Independence Day celebrations on its shores.

The town has pledged to rebuild the dam and restore Hope Mills Lake without raising taxes.

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