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10/14/03 - Longview

Home Owner Says City At Fault For Mold Damage

Zina Shearer's home was flooded last year; after the city of Longview made repairs on a cut off valve. Now 16 months later nothing has been repaired.

Home for Zina and her 15 year old son is a small air streamer. Just outside the trailer is what they used to call home.

"There's tons of stuff in here that's ruined. Most of the moldy stuff I put into the air stream to contain," says Zina.

16 months ago workers were fixing a city cut off valve near the road next to Zina's house. The next day a pipe in her bathroom burst, flooding the house. The city helped with the clean up and she thought her troubles were over, but they weren't.

"The next day when I came home the water was actually pouring out of the front of the walls over here," says Zina.

Two more pipes had burst. A plumber discovered too much water pressure was going to her house. Since then she moved out of her house and kept the air conditioning going to help prevent mold. But she says it hasn't worked. "The mold's growing it's visible on a lot of things on the house. You can see it growing on things."

Zina says the city admits to being at fault, but what is in contention is how much they're going to pay. Experts tell her mold is growing inside the wall and it would cost nearly $100,000 to clean up all of the damage. Zina says the city doesn't think there's any mold damage... And only offered $19,000.

"I just want a normal life. I want it to be like it was before. I'm not asking for anything extra I want my house back to normal," says Zina.

But until the city of Longview and Zina agree on how much 'back to normal' should cost, Zina and her son will have to make due.

She continues to make house payments as well as pay for other utilities inside her house. We contacted the city of Longview about this story. They said, because there is a possibility of litigation, they cannot comment.

Amy Tatum reporting.

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