Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing the joint owners of an earthen dam for ignoring state orders to fix the deteriorating structure, which poses a risk to the community.
The lawsuit accuses the Settlers Walk Homeowners Association and MCS Land Development LLC of failing to take action after multiple safety inspections of the Remick Lake Dam by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) found it needs repairs.
“The owners of this dam have shrugged off the state’s warnings for over a decade at the expense of the public’s safety,” Yost said. “It’s well past time for them to accept responsibility of this hazard and make the necessary repairs.”
The structure, located off Remick Boulevard in Springboro, is categorized as a Class I dam, meaning a sudden failure would result in the probable loss of life or the collapse of at least one home or business.
If the dam were to fail, its spillways would direct floodwater toward a day care center, a strip mall and eight homes located downstream. Then ODNR is requiring the owners to realign the dam’s emergency spillway, repair its principal spillway and install a lake drain capable of draining the reservoir in a reasonable amount of time.