Uptown residents file suit over work that turned area into "disaster"

Uptown residents file suit over work

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Some homeowners in the Uptown area have filed a motion to stop work on a government drainage road project. Neighbors say living in their historic homes has become a nightmare.

The residents are asking for an independent representative to step in and oversee the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project.

An attorney for the homeowners says the motion is requesting a restraining order and injunction on the project.

Plaintiffs say the work has created unmitigated damages in their homes, including sinking floors, cracked walls, and vibrations that have destroyed priceless heirlooms.

They say the seemingly never ending construction has coated the outsides and insides of their homes with dirt, dust, and debris.

While they are not seeking any monetary damages, they want to ensure someone steps in to protect their homes and businesses.

Attorney Michael Whitaker says the way the work is happening now has paralyzed the neighborhood.

"This project is out of control. Uptown has been rendered a disaster area as a consequence," Whitaker said. "The corps and its partners and the contractors are running amuck. They are operating without any rules, responsibility, or accountability."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says while they are aware of the complaint, they cannot comment on pending litigation.

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