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Syracuse, Onondaga County to pay $500K in man's sewer line drowning

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.

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 2:19 PM

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.

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