Lawsuit Filed Over Death Amid Columbia Flooding
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The parents of a Columbia woman who died in a 2008 flood have filed suit claiming the city and the apartment complex where she lived were responsible for her death. Twenty-year-old Michelle Runkle died while trying to rescue a motorist whose car was swept off a Columbia street into a creek during flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the parents' lawsuit claims the street was unsafe and should have been closed. It also says the developers of the apartment comple were responsible for building a box culvert to let the creek flow
under the street, but the culvert was not finished. In a response, lawyers for the apartment complex contend Runkle acted recklessly in trying to save the motorist.