Companies argue to sue feds over flood

Companies argue to sue feds over flood (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Several companies in Middle Tennessee are arguing that a lawsuit against the federal government seeking damages for historic flooding in 2010 should be allowed to proceed.

The Tennessean reports motions were filed this month, and a federal judge has set a Jan. 13 hearing on the issue.

The case involves two lawsuits filed by companies that include Gibson Guitar, Nissan North America and Ryman Hospitality Properties that accuse the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of negligence. The companies contend that they suffered $353.5 million in property damage that could have been averted or minimized.

The government has asked that the lawsuits be dismissed because it has sovereign immunity.

The flooding left 26 people dead and caused an estimated $2 billion worth of damage.

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