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Questions swirl after block wall pummels properties during storm

Posted at 3:15 PM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 21:23:01-04

Questions are swirling about responsibility after a cinder block wall came crashing down during a recent monsoon storm and damaged some property near Lake Mead and Lamb boulevards.

Joyce Ryan and her son Joseph Cote say the wall damaged a chain link fence, trash can, lawn mower, and damaged their mobile home.

“I was scared for my mom‘s life because when I looked, the brick wall came down and her bedroom is right in the back," explained Cote.

Joyce was at home Monday, July 9, when the wall came crashing down. She was uninjured.

Cote says the wall was recently built to separate the mobile home park from a new housing community next door.

“It is pretty terrifying for me to think that something could’ve happened to my mom because somebody was not doing their job correctly," said Cote.

Cote suspects the wall was not properly built which allowed it to fall.

Cote says attempts to contact the project manager or developer of the new housing community have been unsuccessful.

“It’s frustrating when we try to contact somebody to figure out how to take care of it and we can’t get any names, and fingers get pointed back and forth," explained Cote.

Contact 13 reached out to the listed numbers for the project. Superintendent Jimmy Romero said he was not responsible and said it was "the block guys" who should be contacted.

Contact 13 reached out to Harber Company, Inc, also listed on the job site. A man believed to be the owner said Jimmy is responsible for the subcontractors for the project. The owner provided Contact 13 an additional number for the developer of the project, but a request for comment was not immediately returned.

Ryan has contacted her insurance company to assess the damages but will refuse to pay the deductible.

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