Holly Acres flooding

Flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee on Sept. 8, 2011 washed away cars and trailers in Woodbridge.

The owner of Holly Acres mobile home park in Woodbridge may soon get to rebuild.

Hank Ridge settled his $8 million lawsuit against Prince William County Wednesday and should be able to start replacing homes washed away in flooding early next year.

In his lawsuit, Ridge was fighting the county’s condemnation of his property along Marumsco Creek off U.S. 1 in Woodbridge. On Sept. 8, 2011, flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee destroyed 67 trailers there and left more than 100 low-income residents homeless.

Attorney Mark Moorstein, who represents Ridge, said the settlement will allow his client to provide legal occupancy for nine families whose homes were undamaged and replace or rebuild five minorly-damaged homes on the 10-acre property. The settlement also gives Ridge permission to temporarily set up 70 recreational vehicles on the property.

Whether Ridge can fully rebuild the park and replace all 106 trailer homes will be determined in a safety study overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Prince William County is paying for the study, which may cost up to $75,000, according to the settlement agreement.

In his suit, Ridge maintained that the devastating flooding was the result of the county and state’s failure to fix a nearby CSX railroad culvert, causing the nearby land to flood.

Ridge based the claim on a 2009 study of the Marumsco Creek Watershed, which stated that the primary source of flooding in the area was a result of the “undersized culvert at the CSX railroad crossing.”

But the county claimed it was the volume of the rain, not the maintenance of the culvert or Marumsco Creek, which caused the flooding. More than a dozen inches fell in a 24-hour period that day, washing away cars and lifting mobile homes off their foundations.

The case had been set to go to court on March 11.

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Dona

It is happy news that the mobile home park at woodbridge (Holly Acres mobile home park) will be rebuilt. The flood was a very sad incident and many of the homes were washed away by the flood. Mozzarella curd

stickynva

Yea cuz i know what you mean how we pose to pay rent when dey dont hire young blacks with a record n e ways na mean !!!!! [yawn]

stickynva

Thank you Mr.Hank Ridge cant wait to get my double wide back and lookin good sheeee if da money is right i might stack a double wide on top of another and make it a 2 story mobile home what you know bout that Hank Ridge [happybirthday]

No-Brand Hero

The homes were washed away in flooding early next year? Neat trick, that. [beam]

Juana Thompson

Hank Ridge settled his $8 million lawsuit against Prince William County Wednesday and should be able to start replacing homes washed away in flooding early next year.

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