PARKERSBURG - Some residents on 16th Street say vibrations from paving equipment damaged their homes.
Raymona Grant, who lives at 16th and Market streets, said after paving crews moved through her neighborhood on Tuesday, sections of ceiling fell, nearly destroying one room in the house and damaging several others.
"In the master bedroom it collapsed completely and there are cracks in other ceilings in other rooms," she said. "They were using a vibrating roller on the asphalt (on 16th Street) and it happened shortly after that."
Raymona Grant, who lives at 16th and Market streets in Parkersburg, said after paving crews moved through her neighborhood on Tuesday sections of ceiling fell, nearly destroying one room in the house and damaging several others.
Grant said she was not home at the time paving crews moved through the neighborhood, but her husband was. She said he and other neighbors described windows rattling and hung pictures shaking as the machine moved along the street.
Daryl Cobranchi, who lives across the street from Grant, said he found cracks in the walls of his home which faces 16th Street, the day after the streets were worked on.
"Raymona came over and asked if we had any damage," he said. "When we looked, we had cracks in four rooms, all facing that street."
"When I called our insurance carrier, they said to check with the neighbors to see if they had any damage," Grant said. "Some of the homes are empty or people just aren't there, so we don't know how many have damage."
Some neighbors did report damage to their homes, from cracks in walls and ceilings to chunks of ceilings falling down. All were within the area of the street paving, she said, and all found damage after the equipment moved through the neighborhood, Grant said.
Cobranchi said when he called the city's Public Works Department, he was told he would have to contact the paving company.
Grant said calls to the paving company have not been returned and she has not received any calls back from Public Works. Grant said her insurance carrier plans to send an engineer to do an evaluation of her home to determine the scope of the damage.
Parkersburg Public Works Director Rick Lemley declined to comment Friday.
"You'll have to talk to the mayor," he said.
Mayor Bob Newell said the issue will have to be taken up with Carl Kelly Paving, which was the company hired for the summer paving project.
"The city wouldn't be responsible for the damage, if there was any," he said.
Newell said while he did not have all the details of the incident, he said he found it hard to believe street paving would damage homes.
"We've never had anything like that happen before," he said. "We've paved streets in the historic district, which has much older homes, and have never heard of any damage."
A representative of Carl Kelly Paving who is handling Grant's complaint was on vacation Friday and unavailable for comment.