PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Surviving relatives of four people killed in flash flooding in Pittsburgh back in August of 2011 are suing several government and private entities claiming the deaths could have been prevented, attorneys for the two affected families announced Friday.
Mary Saflin, 72, of Oakmont, was swept away from her vehicle and down into a sewer conduit where she drowned, and Kimberly Griffith, 45, and her daughters became trapped in their minivan and also drowned when heavy rains caused a nine-foot wall of water to sweep down a low-lying section of road during afternoon rush hour traffic on Aug. 19, 2011.READ MORE: Monday Is Deadline Day For Pitt Students, Faculty, And Staff To Be Vaccinated
An emotional Christopher Griffith told reporters his wife “was a saint” and said he misses the opportunity to see his daughters grow up.
Kimberly, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, were three of the victims of the Washington Blvd. flash flood.
“Mayor Ravenstahl promised support. I’ve never heard from the mayor’s office,” said Griffith.READ MORE: Part Of Fifth Avenue Shuts Down As Film Crews Work On 'Rustin'
Attorney Alan Perer, attorney for the victims says a lawsuit has been filed “to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Eight defendants are named including city county and state agencies as well as Chrysler, the manufacturer of the minivan they were in.
Perer says even though car manufacturers may claim that few cars windows and doors would operate under water, manufacturers should recognize that there are 400 deaths per year under water because windows and doors do not operate.
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