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Several join in lawsuit against road builders

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

Some road construction in Martin County has residents fearing for their homes and safety.

Several homeowners have joined in a lawsuit to try to protect their property.

"It's scared us to death just about."

That's how Christine and Lewis Maynard describe the blasting going on very close to their home.

They've joined in a lawsuit against Ohio-based Kokosing Construction Company and Brandywine Explosives & Supply of Paris, Kentucky.

Both companies are contracted to build a road in the area, and the Maynards say the explosions are too big and too close for comfort.

"It rattled the whole house, I mean everything just ... the ceiling fans, you know the dishes, the windows, everything," Mrs. Maynard said. "You think it's going to come down."

Earlier this month, school board members chose to shutter nearby Sheldon Clark High School, citing concerns the blasting could weaken the building.

"It's just really been one thing right after another, with this debris, noise, vibration that's damaged homes and kind of disrupted peaceful life in this area," said Phillip Blair, a lawyer with Kirk Law Firm, which is representing the plaintiffs.

Weeks stretched into months and the blasting continued. Eventually folks in Hardin Bottom said they'd had enough.

"This is our home," Maynard said. "We've worked all our lives for this, and I'm worried about the foundation, all of it."

Folks here say someone should pay for the damage to their property.

They say they hope peace and quiet can return to their small community.

More than 20 people have filed suit against the companies so far.

WYMT tried reaching both builders Monday afternoon, but neither were available for comment.

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