A couple whose basement was flooded in 2018 allege a county official allowed a berm to be placed by their Leesburg home despite being warned it put their home at risk of flooding. However, the county’s spokesman said the accusation is “unfounded.”
In a $3.3 million lawsuit filed on Aug. 4 in Loudoun Circuit Court, attorney Timothy P. Bosson wrote that Gary Clare, director of land engineering in the Department of Building and Development, covered up concerns a colleague expressed about the berm. Bosson said the 8-foot berm was placed next to 15731 Trongate Court, the home of plaintiffs Andrijana and Ronald S. Brown, in 2016. The home is in the Selma Estates neighborhood just east of Catoctin Ridge which slopes downward towards the neighborhood.