City, county to pay $500K in man’s sewer line drowning
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A $500,000 settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by the family of a central New York man who drowned after being sucked into a sewer line during a flash flood.
The Post-Standard reports the city of Syracuse will pay $450,000 and Onondaga County will pay $50,000 to the family of Brandon Closure. Both payments must be approved by city and county lawmakers.
Closure was wading in knee-deep water to help a stranded motorist during flooding on June 30, 2015, when he fell through a manhole whose cover had popped off because of gushing water.
His body wasn’t found until two days later in a downtown Syracuse sewer line several miles from where he fell in.