Trial date set in lawsuit over 2013 flooding


Archuleta County’s legal representation is preparing for a trial that is set to take place on July 25, 2016.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and take place over the course of five days in Division 1 of the Archuleta County Courthouse.

The trial will pertain to a lawsuit filed earlier in the year, with that suit relating to localized flooding that occurred in 2013 and a previous culvert replacement that allegedly led to the flooding.

The complaint and jury demand was filed on June 30 and specifically names the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners, Archuleta County Public Works Director Ken Feyen and “John Doe(s)” employed by Archuleta County.

The suit was filed by Gary Fletcher, Dixie Sandoval, Josephine Fletcher and Karla Wilson, with those plaintiffs represented by Shawn Davlin of Davlin & Davlin LLC, a Durango law firm.

The area in question in the lawsuit is Andrews Lane, located off of County Road 500 near Navajo Reservoir and Arboles.

The complaint states that the property in question is used to access other properties along Andrews Lane and is owned by Josephine Fletcher.

Prior to 1992, access to other properties on Andrews Lane was obtained by driving through a drainage ditch traversing the subject property, the complaint explains.

“In approximately 1992, Plaintiff Josephine Fletcher and her late husband permitted a neighboring landowner to install an approximately six foot culvert in the drainage ditch on the Subject Property and routed Andrews Lane over the culvert,” reads the complaint.

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