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(Neb)-Liability In Collapse Of Spencer Dam Limited To $5-M

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/09/2019 09:48 AM
NIOBRARA, Neb. (AP) - People who suffered losses when the Spencer Dam on the Niobrara Rive in north-central Nebraska failed in March have gotten more bad news: Nebraska law limits the liability of the dam's owner.
 
     The dam is owned by NPPD - Nebraska Public Power District, and attorney David Domina told a gathering of homeowners, farmers and businesspeople Monday evening in Niobrara that state law limits  liability to $1 million per claim and $5 million per occurrence for all claimants with Knox County already listing more than $17 million in damages.

      NPPD says the March 14 collapse of the Spencer Dam was due to a combination of high flows on the Niobrara River and massive chunks of ice. The home of a man who lived below the dam, Kenny Angel, was swept away and his body still has not been found.


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