Riverhead residents sue town, county over flood damage

More than a dozen homeowners in Riverhead have filed a lawsuit against the town and Suffolk County after their homes were demolished due to flood

RIVERHEAD - More than a dozen homeowners in Riverhead have filed a lawsuit against the town and Suffolk County after their homes were demolished due to flood damage last year.

According to the residents on Horton Avenue, they want to be reimbursed after losing everything during a March 2010 nor'easter. They claim local officials failed to maintain roads and drainage systems, which led to flooding in their homes.

After receiving the lawsuit, Suffolk County Attorney Christine Malafi said in a statement, "Our sympathies and compassion go out to the Horton Avenue families that lost their homes. However, the County of Suffolk bears absolutely no responsibility for the flooding that occurred and we will vigorously defend the claims against the county."

A Suffolk County spokesperson says they've taken the lead in pursuing the state and federal governments for disaster aid and will continue to do so. The Town of Riverhead had no comment.

Riverhead homeowners awaiting gov't aid 1 year after floodsRiverhead streets, homes flooded after storm

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