Pair blame builder in suit over flood damage

By Matt Smith | Feb 3, 2016

CHARLESTON — A husband and wife from Charleston are suing the owner and builder of the Eagle View Apartments over allegations of flood damage.


CHARLESTON — A husband and wife from Charleston are suing the owner and builder of the Eagle View Apartments over allegations of flood damage.

Lloyd Collins and his wife, Alice Collins, filed suit Jan. 7 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Rabel Development LLC, Eagle View Properties LLC, EAB Global Enterprises LLC, Capitol Land LLC, Allen Bell Properties LLC, Allen Bell Properties 2 LLC and the principal owner of these corporations, Edward Allen Bell.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs' property, both real and personal, were damaged in a flood. The plaintiffs claim that the flood damage was a result of poor construction with regards to stormwater runoff on behalf of the defendants. The suit cites prior instances in which the defendants entered into consent decrees regarding construction violations. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants repeated these stormwater runoff regulation violations in constructing Eagle View Apartments, resulting in the plaintiffs' loss of property from the flooding.

The Collinses are seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest and any other relief available under the law. They are seeking a jury trial. They are represented by Stuart Calwell, John H. Skaggs and Alex McLaughlin of the Calwell Practice LLC in Charleston and G. Patrick Jacobs of the Law Office of G. Patrick Jacobs in Charleston. Judge Tod J. Kaufman is hearing the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-12

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