GRETNA – The neighbors of a piece of property where a public works drainage project is taking place are suing claiming pile driving and the movement of heavy equipment in the area has caused dame to their homes.

Michael Rongey, Ann Rongey, Walter Kenning and Stephanie Kenning filed suit against BLD Services LLC, Thomas Behan, the Parish of Jefferson and their insurers in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 22, 2014.

The plaintiffs assert that they are the owners of homes adjacent to a piece of property where the defendants were making drainage improvements along Jefferson Highway. The Rongeys and the Kennings claim that the movement of heavy equipment and pile driving to install pumping stations and drainage at the neighboring property has damaged their homes.

The defendant is accused of property damage, failing to abide by contract, failing to a perform reasonable and proper review of work, failing to use proper and appropriate worksmanship and failing to mitigate damages.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for diminution in property values, discomfort, nuisance, encroachment, inconvenience, emotional distress, anxiety, secondary damages, flooding, economic losses, property repairs and future damages.

The plaintiffs are represented by Ryan E. Beasley of New Orleans-based the Law Office of Ryan E. Beasley.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach.

Case no. 745-328.

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