NID settles Dutch Flat drowning suit |

NID settles Dutch Flat drowning suit

A wrongful death suit over a 1999 drowning at the Dutch Flat afterbay was settled by the Nevada Irrigation District this morning.

District directors approved a $45,000 payment from NID’s insurance carrier to the family of Casey Wolfson, 39. Wolfson was driving through two feet of water spilling over the Dutch Flat Forebay dam in late July, when he and two other passengers were swept down a steep rocky canyon.

Michael Kevin Yokum, 41, also died with Wolfson but Corey Dorman, 37, managed to kick the back windshield out of Wolfson’s Toyota Celica and escape. All three lived in a tent and trailer camp near the forebay.

The suit contended NID was negligent for spilling water over Lowell Hill Road. District officials said there was a warning sign about high water but it was apparently swept downstream as well when NID diverted water over a spillway and the road to fix a bearing in the powerhouse.

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