158 Hideaway Hills homeowners file federal lawsuit against Meade County

Hideaway Hills Suit

Black Hawk, S.D. – 158 homeowners of the Hideaway Hills and Northdale Subdivision in Black Hawk have filed a federal lawsuit against Meade County in the Western Division of the South Dakota United States District Court.

The homeowners’ complaint alleges that Meade County acted recklessly and in conscious disregard for the risks affecting 170 homes in Meade County.

According to the suit, Meade County acted with full knowledge that the subdivision’s land had been obliterated by a collapsing underground gypsum mine, unstable mine tailings from a prior surface mining operation reclaimed only as rangeland, and a toxic sewage lagoon, Meade County recklessly disregarded warnings.

The suit maintains that Meade County was aware of the potential danger going back to the summer of 2006, when a large collapse took place under Daisy Drive. The county ordered that the road be fixed, against the advice of an engineer, and added 31 more homes to the subdivision.

The complaint also alleges violations of the Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Article VI of the South Dakota State Constitution.

Meade County has until October 19 to respond to the latest filings.

Click here for the full Federal Complaint against Meade County

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