The Simon Law Firm, along with Macuga Liddle & Dubin (a Detroit firm specializing in flood litigation), has filed a claim against Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) alleging that MSD caused the death of Louise Bryant. On September 14, 2008, Louise Bryant was attempting to rescue her car from flood water in University City when she was swept away and drowned. Her body was carried into the River des Peres and was recovered in the Mississippi River. The recently filed lawsuit alleges that MSD knew of the danger of severe flooding, had the ability to prevent the flooding, and failed to do so.

The case filed against MSD alleges that the death of Louise Bryant, and the flooding that impacted so many in University City, could have been prevented by MSD. Flooding occurred before in University City as a result of overflow from the River des Peres. The River des Peres, the lawsuit explains, is essentially an open sewer and drain system, built to move water safely to the Mississippi river. Although MSD contends that the rain that fell when the remnants of Hurricane Ike passed through St. Louis was too much for anyone to prepare for, the lawsuit alleges that MSD failed to properly design, modify and keep-up the River des Peres, resulting in an inability to handle predictable amounts of heavy rain.

In addition to representing the family of Ms. Bryant, Simon Law and Macuga Liddle & Dubin also represent approximately 60 individuals who lost property, including in many cases their entire home, to the University City flooding.

There will be meetings on December 18, 2008, at Gas Workers located at 7750 Olive in University City for anyone who wants more information about the case and their potential claims. The meetings will be held every hour, beginning at 4, 5, 6 and 7pm

If you cannot attend the meeting but want more information, you can contact The Simon Law Firm, P.C.