Woman says company collecting her MHU destroyed her yard
FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Recovery from the flood drags on for one French Settlement woman. She says the crew that hauled off her FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit destroyed her property.
Kimberly Blom-Roemer says it's gone on long enough and wants her yard fixed. After trying to get someone to take responsibility for two months, she called 2 On Your Side to help solve the issue.
The damage incudes 60 ft. ruts, some over 10 in. deep. Blom-Roemer walks around her yard Wednesday morning pointing to various trouble spots where grass has overgrown. In a few spots, deep holes are filled with water. She steps in one, sinking to her knee.
"It's over half an acre that they've destroyed," she said.
Two months ago, a crew came to collect the MHU she has been living in from the August 2016 flood. Blom-Roemer says she warned the company to be careful, since her property was going up for sale June 19.
"They're promising me, 'Oh we'll have it fixed, we'll have it fixed,'" she said.
Time continues to tick on and her yard has not been repaired. She's called FEMA and the company hired by FEMA, Timberline Construction. No one has done a thing about her yard.
Now with her house for sale, she's furious and says it's a big safety issue.
Wednesday, 2 On Your Side called Timberline Construction Group. If confirms it was contracted by FEMA to remove Blom-Roemer's MHU from her property, but it's up to FEMA to pay for the damages to her yard.
The story is different on the other end. FEMA says it's prepared to repair Blom-Roemer's property and is working to schedule a time and day to do so, but it's not responsible.
FEMA tells 2 On Your Side the company contracted to do the job is responsible for any remediation when it extracts the unit.