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San Diego County reports that the January 22, 2204 flood caused over $90 million dollars in damage.1 Hundreds of people were affected. Families lost homes, businesses lost revenue, people lost possessions. Three people are suspected to have lost their lives because of the storm.2 It appears that most of the damage, death, and destruction could have been avoided.

The San Diego 2024 Mass Tort Lawsuit

Evan has teamed up with Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack, a legal powerhouse from Beverly Hills, to file suit against the City of San Diego.

Their first lawsuit was filed on May 6, 2024, and is the first of several lawsuits brought on behalf of the flood victims. Here’s a copy of the lawsuit.

Here are tv interviews about the lawsuit:

Here the Union Tribune covers the lawsuit.

Here’s another news story about the flooding lawsuit

Here’s a story by KPBS.

Please Contact Me if you have any questions or want to join the lawsuit.

Currently Evan and Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represent over 300 clients for the San Diego 2024 flooding.

What Caused The San Diego 2024 Flooding?

Evidence suggests the City of San Diego had a role to play.

San Diego is responsible for stormwater maintenance, including the “removal of sediment, vegetation, debris, and trash to maximize stormwater conveyance capacity.”3

San Diego has historically underfunded stormwater maintenance.4

San Diego knew that its actions can “lead to flooding and catastrophic failure.”5

A report shows that South Chollas Creek Channel (MMP Map 97) was 88.0 out of 100. This score means the channel was highly recommended for maintenance.

It appears San Diego failed to clear Chollas Creek and other flood control channels before January 22, 2024. Hundreds of photos, videos, and drone videos show the channels were clogged with trees, trash, sediment.

That failure contributed to historic flooding of San Diego neighborhoods.

What San Diego Neighborhoods Were Affected In The San Diego 2024 Flooding?

  • Southcrest
  • Logan Heights
  • Mountain View
  • Jamacha-Lomita
  • Encanto
  • Rolando Park
  • Oak Park
  • Emerald Hills
  • Lincoln Park
  • Paradise Village
  • Shelltown
  • Grant Hill
  • Sherman Heights
  • Spring Valley

The San Diego 2024 Flooding Interviews And Posts

Here is a selection of tv interviews and posts about the January 22, 2024 San Diego floods:

Here are some blog posts relevant to the 2024 flood:

The last post explains why we’re bringing a mass tort lawsuit against the City of San Diego for the 2024 flood.

2019 Lawsuit For Southcrest Flooding

In 2019 Evan filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for Southcrest flooding. Here’s an interview about that lawsuit: https://youtu.be/l-ZNgFJPbEo?si=GsGYPWodIyF45Ewd

  1. https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/san-diego-county-estimates-90m-in-damage-from-last-storm-as-next-approaches/3421091/ ↩︎
  2. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2024-01-24/storm-damage-assessments#:~:text=While%20no%20deaths%20were%20reported,Both%20remain%20unidentified. ↩︎
  3. https://ca-times.brightspotcdn.com/32/74/f199ebaf4a3d88141bd6e0f5bbb1/fy23-mwmp-annual-report.pdf ↩︎
  4. https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/18-023_storm_water_division_0.pdf ↩︎
  5. https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/fy23-27-five-year-capital-infrastructure-planning-outlook.pdf ↩︎

Evan Walker

Evan W. Walker is a La Jolla attorney who has practiced law since 2008. He has practiced law throughout California, Connecticut, and Louisiana.

Evan worked for and defended insurance companies during the first 7 years of his practice. Since 2015, he has represented people with personal injury and property damage claims and insurance disputes.

Evan’s practice is devoted to serious personal injury claims and catastrophic property damage claims. Areas of focus include security claims against bars and other businesses, government tort claims, fire and flood claims, and inverse condemnation. On behalf of clients, Evan has fought insurance firms, international companies, cities, bars, and casinos.

Evan regularly shares his expertise with other attorneys by teaching courses on insurance and inverse condemnation. He has taught several continuing legal education courses to Attorney Credits, a nationwide CLE company, and ProLawCLE, another nationwide CLE company. He also contributes to various podcasts and publications.

Associations:

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, San Diego Bar Association
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member, La Jolla Bar Association
  • Member, La Jolla Village Merchants Association
  • Member, San Diego Chamber of Commerce