Rock Island Sued by Augustana College

Jun 5, 2018

Augustana College has filed a lawsuit against the City of Rock Island. About a year ago, a large drainage pipe under the slough broke, flooding several buildings on campus.

The pipe runs from the slough, across campus, where a sinkhole formed near the Carver P.E. Center. Turtles, frogs, toads, and fish all lost their habitat. One professor had been studying a group of turtles for almost ten years.

At the time, the college and city worked together to try and solve the problem as water damaged floors, walls, and backed up through the plumbing. Augustana hired Serv-Pro Water Clean Up to help employees. In addition, nearly 1,000 works of art from the college's museum had to be taken to Chicago for testing and conservation.

College spokeswoman, Ashleigh Johnston, says she can't comment on pending litigation but, "We are hopeful for a speedy and amicable resolution.”

The Rock Island Argus and Dispatch reports Augustana is trying to recover more than $750,000 from the city.