Ohio court getting flood compensation case answers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court is ready to hear the state's explanation for a delay in compensating a group of landowners for their losses from flooding near Ohio's largest inland lake.

The court ruled a year ago that the state Department of Natural Resources was required to compensate 87 landowners near Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio.

Lawyers for the landowners allege the state has been dragging its feet ever since. The Supreme Court planned to hear the state's response Tuesday.

The state says charges of a delay are without merit.

At issue is a horseshoe-shaped dam the state built in 1997. Landowners say it has led to significant floods almost every year since then.

Grand Lake St. Marys is between Dayton and Toledo.