Flooding victim files wrongful death suit

By: KXII-Staff Email
By: KXII-Staff Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex.--A Gainesville woman claims two property owners are responsible for the deaths of her family members. Lisa Arnett lived at the Pecan Grove mobile home park during the June floods. Her home was swept away, killing her two daughters and her mother-in-law.

Court documents name the property owner, Karl Lynch, and Alan Ritchey, the owner of land nearby, as defendants in the suit. It claims Ritchey built a berm without a city permit that changed the flow of Pecan Creek.

The suit alleges the flow change made flooding worse in the neighborhood. They also say Lynch kept the buildings unsafe.

The Gainesville Housing Authority is not involved in the suit, but officials say they inspected the park last year. Lynch asked the housing authority to subsidize some units after a bad wind storm in 2006. Housing Authority officials say the mobile homes did not meet their standards.

"They were really bad, a lot of them were vacant, standing open, windows knocked out, doors missing, underpinning missing, roofs leaking," said Jerry Henderson, executive director of the Gainesville Housing Authority.

Our calls to Lisa Arnett, Karl Lynch and Alan Richey were not returned to KXII Wednesday.

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  • by davey Location: oklahoma on Jan 28, 2008 at 03:30 AM
    my heart goes out to the victim and her family. the ritchey clan think they are mightier than God. remember the dead cow carcass incident in oklahoma. mr. ritchey attacked a poor defenseless land owner with a pipe!!! please govt shut them down!
  • by John on Nov 1, 2007 at 05:13 PM
    Outraged? It's the same pattern of inconsiderate behavior exhibited in Bryan County, Oklahoma by the same large corporate owner building levees to flood his neighbors and buy up their land, and dumping dead cow carcass fluid and concentrated animal waste in the ground and surface water. All of this near an elementary school, and EPA and ODA fines to prove the latter! Yes, there should be outrage, but not toward the victims.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 26, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    This was a very tragic event but I couldn't agree with you more. Remember, it only rained at 4" per hour (for several hours) during this event. A tragic death is not always a reason to cash in on the lawsuit "Lotto". We need more lawyers - NOT! This lawsuit probably has no merit (as with most lawsuits)
  • by Dawn on Oct 26, 2007 at 01:25 AM
    I agree she's just trying to cash in. Maybe the other buildings weren't up to standards but SHE'S the one that put her kids there. The owners should have been fined for the condition of the park. But they are not responsible for the flood.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Oct 25, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    Amen, "outraged". How nuts have we become as a society. Here's this woman, trying to cash in on her family's tragedy. Shame on her.
  • by outraged Location: gainesville on Oct 25, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    I am sick of people who want to sue over everything. It was a sad situation that people died, but Lisa moved her family in that place, with the creek a few feet away- known to flood all the time. This is the worst place in Gainesville to live. It did not seem safe to even drive through there. And when it was raining so hard and long, would you not watch the creek. Lisa put her family in ths situation and she needs to sue herself.
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