2 years after flood, man sues Spartanburg Water

Flooding in Spartanburg
Flooding in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) — Two years after flood waters ravaged Spartanburg, a man caught in the disaster is suing.

Gary Fleming was driving his truck over a bridge on Hayne Street when it washed out the night of Oct. 1. Fleming and his truck were carried down the creek and the truck wrapped around a tree.

Westview Fairforest firefighters, Spartanburg County deputies and teams from Emergency Management pulled Fleming to safety.

A lawsuit filed by Fleming’s lawyer, Wes Kissinger, states the entire incident could have been prevented.

The lawsuit claims that the culvert pipe underneath the bridge was not being properly inspected. It also claims erosion that caused the culvert pipe to wash out, was not detected.

We asked Spartanburg Water whether they disputed the claims, sending them a copy of the lawsuit. The utility responded by stating, “After an internal inquiry, neither Spartanburg Water System nor Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District has received service of a lawsuit; therefore, we have no knowledge of it and cannot provide any comment.”

Click or tap here to read the lawsuit.