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Tangipahoa flood debt settlement appeared in reach, but senators balk

Louisiana constructed Interstate 12 across a watershed four decades ago, and that construction was blamed for flooding that destroyed homes in the town of Robert
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NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana owes millions to Tangipahoa Parish residents whose homes flooded because of interstate construction work. But lawmakers continue to balk at making the payment. 

Louisiana constructed Interstate 12 across a watershed four decades ago, and that construction was blamed for flooding that destroyed homes and businesses in the town of Robert.

The Advocate reports Louisiana lost a lawsuit in 2006 and was ordered to pay victims $91 million. The interest has ballooned that debt to $330 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards struck a tentative settlement to pay $130 million. 

But senators say an obscure 1946 law could nullify all legal judgements against the state over 10 years old.

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