Uptown homeowners sue S&WB over drainage construction

Updated: May. 18, 2015 at 10:02 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Uptown residents are suing the city over cracked walls and foundations because they say construction is causing damage to their homes.

The dispute is a result of drainage work Uptown near Napoleon and Jefferson avenues. The construction is a part of a $1 billion project to ease flooding concerns around the city.

"It is a huge mess," attorney Joseph Bruno said. "We recognize this is a public benefit. But at the same time, we have to conduct ourselves in such a way that people are not overly distressed."

Bruno is representing the three families suing the Sewerage and Water Board over what they say is damage to their homes caused by constant construction for the past year-and-a-half. He believes the construction is decreasing the property value and homeowners will be the ones left making repairs.

"This project is not only for the benefit of those along the route, this project is for the benefit of the entire neighborhood," Bruno said. "While these folks don't mind paying something, they don't want to come out of pocket to redo their homes, realign their doors and fix cracks in their walls."

On Monday, Sewerage and Water Board administrators said they could not talk about the lawsuit because it is pending litigation.

Bruno said "hundreds" more Uptown homeowners have called his office and are also seeking monetary damages to fix cracks in their foundations and walls.

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