A $5 million class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for D.C. this week on behalf of persons and entities "who have lost or will lose income as a result of the April 18, 2011 flooding of Washington Harbour," according to the law firm that filed suit.
The complaint, filed by Mason LLP, alleges that there was enough time to raise flood walls after a flood warning was issued. MRP Realty, the owner and manager of the Washington Harbour complex, did not do so, it alleges.
According to the law firm, "the lawsuit seeks recovery of lost income and lost profit for businesses and their employees caused by the negligent failure of MRP Realty to raise the flood walls." A copy of the complaint is available on the firm's website in pdf-format.
The lawsuit was initiated by a bartender at Farmers and Fishers. A number of individuals were interested in filing, according to the law firm, but no restaurants or businesses as a whole are involved.
Flood walls were not or only partially raised when the Potomac River flooded the area, submerging shops, restaurants, and a parking garage. Residents had to be evacuated Monday morning. It will likely take weeks before businesses can reopen.