NRD denies $1M claim filed by parents of boy who drowned in Wanahoo spillway

Bayden Martinez

WAHOO, Neb. — A $1 million tort claim filed by the parents of a boy who drowned in the spillway of the Lake Wanahoo dam has been denied.

The Lower Platte Natural Resources District board of directors voted unanimously Monday to deny the claim.

Bayden Martinez, 11, of Wahoo drowned last June. He had disappeared the evening before his body was found and was believed to have gone fishing by himself below the dam. His leg apparently became caught in a 12-inch drain.

In September, Raul Martinez and Danelle Rush filed a $1 million tort claim against the NRD, claiming the district failed to warn the public of a dangerous condition in the spillway.

The denial means the parents now can file suit.

— World-Herald News Service

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