$2.5 million in damages paid out for 2013 Eco Reserve Deck Collapse

Dec 24, 2015 5:38 PM by News Staff

Fourteen people injured in a deck collapse two years ago at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve have collected more than $2.5 million in damages, according to a report in Thursday’s Chico Enterprise-Record.

The October 19, 2013 incident involved a group of bird watchers who were standing on a deck at the cabin at the ecological reserve when the deck collapsed. The reserve is operated by the Chico Research Foundation. The group suffered a wide range of injuries from cuts and scrapes to broken bones.

According to the Enterprise-Record, two separate structural engineering experts since determined that the cabin and deck were both in bad shape and not suitable for occupancy at the time of the collapse.

The largest payout, in the amount of $1.9 million, went to Roberta Lyons, who is the president of the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association in Lake County.

Several other lawsuits are from the incident are pending, according to the ER.


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