Consulting Team: No Damage to Homes from Airport Blasting
An explosive situation is causing even more noise. Workers have been blasting at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport for months. Neighbors say the explosions are damaging their homes but the airport authority released data Wednesday saying the opposite.
A geotechnical consulting team hired by the airport released its findings Wednesday. It found no structural damage to the homes from the blasting.
The team closely examined two homes near the airport, documenting every nick and crack. In both homes the team found minor cosmetic damage which it says does not indicate any underlying structural distress.
Consultants indicated in the report that the wallboard cracks were likely caused by shrinkage of a joint compound or by minor workmanship problems during the original construction.
CHO Executive Director Melinda Crawford stated, "They come in they look at all of our data from every one of our blasts to see if we are in conformance with the guidelines, and we have been."
Homeowners say they stand by their claims. "We have before and after pictures, we have people that have experienced the blasts, seen pictures fall off their walls," said Jonathan Boersma, who lives by airport.
The homeowners say they are waiting to see if the blasting company's insurance honors their claims.
Crawford says the board will hold public meetings before future projects that require blasting.
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