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Published October 05, 2010, 09:10 AM

Soil not dense enough to support flood wall

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Less than two weeks after Moorhead crews spotted a major flaw in a flood wall, engineers say they now know what went wrong, and who is responsible. Construction crews have removed the two flawed flood walls and now they're just finishing up on the footing.

Moorhead's Assistant Engineer, Tom Trowbridge, says the soil test showed construction crews didn't make the soil dense enough and that's what lead to the settling, and eventual cracking of the flood wall.

They're sending a letter to John T. Jones Construction with their findings, asking to get the 130-thousand dollars in removal and re-building costs. 65-thousand dollars is still waiting to be paid to construction crews, until the project is finished and the issue is resolved.

TROWBRIDGE: "Beyond that, will the contractor have to pay us some money or will it be a bond claim or will we settle something. You know, those are issues to be resolved."

Trowbridge says he does not expect this issue to be resolved quickly. John T. Jones can dispute the claims with their own findings. John Jones wouldn't comment on the findings. He says they have a consultant assessing the area.