Residential damage leads to lawsuit against county

LISBON — The owner and the resident of a South Meadowbrook Circle home in East Liverpool have filed a lawsuit against the county commissioners, the county engineer and others following alleged damage to her home due to flooding.

Charlene Rice, who lived in the home, and the property’s owner Arlene Obertance, are claiming that on March 9, 2017, the county commissioners and county engineers were negligent in maintaining and repairing a sewer system, leading to the flooding of the property. Rice and Obertance are claiming $69,308 in damages.

They contend an agent, employee or authorized representative of the county engineer’s office told them the engineer’s office would reimburse them for clean up and repairs caused by the flooding. The women had Brad’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Inc., also listed as a defendant in the case, perform the clean up services of the property. However, the engineer’s office has failed to reimburse them for the cost of that clean up.

After hiring Brad’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Inc., on Nov. 13, 2018, the women notified the company they had decided to cancel the contract. However the service allegedly has failed to refund any money they were paid or return personal property of Rice currently in their possession.

On May 26, 2017, Brad’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Inc. allegedly placed a lien on Obertance’s property, which the lawsuit claims has constituted a cloud on the title to the real estate.

Additionally, the lawsuit claims XYZ Corporation, something for which they do not have an address for, was the one which negligently and unlawfully discharged polluted and hazardous water into the sewer lines servicing the property, flooding the property with polluted water.