Neighbors hope for higher damage settlement

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Cracks along the wall of a Midtown home with plaster missing from the ceiling is what homeowner Ronald bush says is a result from a recent city project.

“They had like big tractors and big trucks that didn’t have tires,” Bush said. “They had those rails that move around. I’m talking about huge equipment. And it just bounced the house up and down and from the bouncing it broke the plaster and stuff inside the house. It’s cracked up stuff.”

City officials hired TIC, a contracted industrial company, for the Baldwin Park Drainage Improvement Project to prevent flooding. The work was done in 2014 to late 2015.

“They had to tear the streets up and put pipes and big pipes and big boxes down there for the water to flow through,” Bush said.

But Bush said the large trucks they brought through were too much for the nearly 100-year-old homes to handle.

“Not knowing whether more plaster is going to fall,” Bush said. “So we don’t know if the house more of it’s going to fall or what’s going to happen. And I’m sure from something like that there’s more progressing.”

Bush has lived in his home on East 40th Street for 40 years and he told News 3’s Devin Negrete he’s had three contractors assess the damage to his home. Those amounts range from $47,000 to $60,000 in damages.

However, the company has a different amount in mind.

“They offered us a $1,000 to settle out or whatever, but they said they’re not at fault,” Bush said.  “We’ve been in mediation with this company who they have been supposed to be in the middle of trying to get this money paid to us trying to get our houses fixed, but nobody did anything.”

Bush said he’s now being told time is running out.

“They’re telling us that the statute of limitation is about to run out, so now if that runs out we’re going to have to fix the houses ourselves and it’s going to cost us a lot of money.”

News 3 reached out to the city about what those homeowners can do and city officials said to work with the company.

If that fails, contact the city and they’ll do what they can. However, that could result in more legal actions.

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