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Division Street residents upset over damage to homes

Division Street resident Michael Meltz points out damage to his ceiling he says was caused by the constant pounding from road construction in front of his house. (Photo source: WLOX) Division Street resident Michael Meltz points out damage to his ceiling he says was caused by the constant pounding from road construction in front of his house. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The banging may be finished for now on Division Street in Biloxi. But the problems for neighbors are far from over. Some claim the infrastructure work has damaged their homes and they want contractor Oscar Renda to make good on the repairs.

Resident Jerry Parylak dealt with the noise for months.

"It’s beep, beep, beep. You wake up to that," he said. "It’s just like living in a war zone."

Parylak believes the constant pounding from earlier road work has caused his house to sink and road access caused major problems. While he hasn't called contractor Oscar Renda to complain, his neighbor, Michael Meltz, has. But to no avail.

"They called me and said a guy was going to be here," he said. "He’s called me three times and has never showed up for one single appointment."

Meltz claims the damage stretches from his fence line through his entire house. The floor is sinking, which in turn has caused walls to crack, pipes to break, and the roof to leak. He’s had to close off part of the house where his children stayed because of mold.

"I have not repaired anything because this is all the fault from the operation of their equipment here."

Oscar Renda spokesperson Jennifer Matranga said this is the first and only claim of structural damage to a home because of the work. She added that an independent adjuster did show up on July 9. And while the official determination letter won’t be sent out until next week, the news isn’t good for Meltz.

Matranga responded in an email, saying, "We did not cause his damages, and we have determined that we are not responsible for his damages."

That doesn’t sit well with Meltz.

"I could produce probably 500 people that testify what the integrity of this house was prior to this construction going on."

And, he said, he’s ready to do what he needs to do to make his house safe again.

"They need to come out here to do something about this before my mother gets sick or my children get sick," he said. "And, then, we have a whole different situation."

Meltz said he is considering legal action to get the repairs made. He estimates between $30,000 and $40,000 in damage has been done.

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