South Carolina Residents Sue Company Over Toxins Flooded Into Homes by Florence

November 5, 2018

Residents of a South Carolina town are suing one of the area’s major employers alleging it allowed toxins to flood onto their property and into their home during Hurricane Florence.

The State reports Cheraw residents George Martin and Catherine Martin filed the lawsuit Thursday in Chesterfield County. Their suit is the first of several expected to be filed over the September flood.

The Martins allege Highland Industries failed to clean up a toxic mess, letting cancer-causing pollution to add during the storm to contamination that had already dripped from its industrial fabric plant onto their land for years. The suit doesn’t say how much money the Martins are seeking in damages.

Highland officials weren’t available for comment to the newspaper. The Kernersville, North Carolina, company’s site has several hundred employees.

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