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Damage to historic homes to cost Tucson nearly $3M

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The City of Tucson will have to pay nearly $3 million to a family who claims leaky water pipes damaged their historic adobe homes.

A Pima County Superior Court awarded the money to the Rollings family on Friday. About two-thirds of it is for property damage and the rest is for lost rental income.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that if the judgment stands, is one of the largest ever against the city.

The Rollings properties near downtown were built between 1860 and 1885 and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The legal battle dates to 2002, when the family claimed the city failed to fix leaking water pipes that resulted in the adobe crumbling.

City officials had said tests did not reveal excessive leakage.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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