Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Campers caught in wind storm sue campground

Portsmouth Herald News - Portsmouth,NH,USA
HAMPTON FALLS — Two Vermont residents who were injured in a 2004 windstorm have sued Wakeda Campground.

Paula and Kevin Grant of Newbury, Vt., filed the suit in U.S. District Court in August. Trial is scheduled in U.S. District Court in Concord in February 2009.

The Grants and their children arrived at the Exeter Road campground on Aug. 21, 2004, and were assigned to a campsite among the pine trees, according to court records. They were in a pop-up camper. A short time later, they said in court records, a severe thunderstorm with extremely high winds struck the area without warning, and broke and blew down numerous pine trees, one of which landed on the camper and on them.

Wakeda is responsible, according to Grant's attorney David Cullenbert of Lebanon, because Wakeda failed to monitor the weather reports and failed to notify the Grants of the fast approaching thunderstorm and warnings by the National Weather Service to seek shelter.

This is the only known lawsuit filed against Wakeda due to the storm. Neither Wakeda owner Karen Bark, nor the campground attorney Christie Burnett, of Burlington, Mass., could be reached for comment.
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