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Flood victims eyeing lawsuit

Meeting is 5-7 p.m. today

— Residents impacted by a recent flood will meet today to seek legal guidance.

Affected residents are invited to meet attorney Charlie Tebbutt from 5-7 p.m. today at Nuestra Casa, 906 E. Edison Ave.

Leo Perales’ uncle and grandparents live in Outlook and impacted by a Feb. 28 berm breach on farmland at 431 Nichols Road.

“My uncle’s house was partially flooded. It looked like a river around his house,” Perales said. He said the water covered areas near his grandparents’ home, but the house was not flooded.

Based in Eugene, Ore., Tebbutt has represented local groups in the past in lawsuits against dairies.

And this one could be against DeRuyter Bros. Dairy, which owns the field where the berm gave way.

“They don’t know who they’ll be suing,” Perales said. “But from what I saw I feel like it’s the DeRuyters.”

State officials lifted a bottled water order Friday for the community of Outlook.

However, it remains in place for five families, including Perales’ grandparents, who have contaminated wells.

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