Houston-area man sues after flooding displaces wife's casket

DALLAS (AP) - A Houston-area man has filed a lawsuit after his wife's casket was unearthed and carried away by recent floodwaters and deposited along a trail where it was discovered by people on a morning walk.

The casket containing the body of Carolyn Lee floated from Riceville Cemetery last week after 11 inches of rain fell in some parts of the Houston area. Flooding in the region damaged thousands of homes and other structures and forced motorists to abandon at least 2,500 vehicles across Houston.

The lawsuit filed Monday in district court by Richard Lee cites negligence, breach of contract, mental anguish and other claims in seeking unspecified damages. Robinson Funeral Home is named as the defendant in the matter.

Representatives of the funeral home did not return a call seeking comment.

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