Ruling overturned on Kauai dam break claims

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A state appeals court has overturned a decision that Kilauea Irrigation Company would not be responsible to defend claims brought against the state in the aftermath of a deadly 2006 Kauai dam break.

The Garden Island reported Tuesday the state Intermediate Court of Appeals ruling says Kilauea Irrigation has a responsibility to defend claims against the state regarding care and maintenance of the Ka Loko dam and spillway prior to the disaster.

Seven people were killed after the dam collapsed and hundreds of gallons of water rushed downhill.

Various lawsuits were filed after the break. Some are still pending.

The ruling sends the Kilauea case back to Circuit Court. The company didn't file a challenge to the state's appeal.

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