Cabell couple blames water company for property damage

By Thomas Kallies | Mar 26, 2014

HUNTINGTON -- A couple is suing the West Virginia-American Water Co. for damaging their real estate.

Steven and Donna Hensley are suing the West Virginia-American Water Co. in the Cabell Circuit Court. The Hensleys filed suit Feb. 25 and claim they have suffered property damage as a result of the defendant's negligence.

According to the Hensleys, they built a home on Blue Sulphur Road in Ona. Sometime after they built their home the defendant apparently put a water main at the bottom of a hill in their back yard. They say in 2012 the water main began to leak and was left leaking for weeks before it was repaired by the defendant.

Between March 2012 and May 2013 the main allegedly burst six times, causing the Hensleys' real estate to become damaged and devalued. The Hensleys say the water main was negligently located and installed, which is why is was burst so may times. They are suing for the diminution to the value of their real estate on a negligence theory.

The Hensleys are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

They are being represented by R.R. Fredeking II. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Christopher D. Chiles.

Cabell Circuit Court Case No. 14-C-179

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