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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Homes and cars covered in dirt from construction

Posted at 10:05 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 02:33:03-04

Neighbors living across from a huge construction project are fed up with the amount of dirt being blown onto their cars and homes.

It's been a long month for the people living on Ali Baba Lane.

"Every day, even when they are not working out there, it's caused fine silt and dust to just cover this entire street," said Cliff Tate.

Tate says that's because VT Construction hasn't been using enough water to keep the dirt locked in.

"Out of this whole dirt lot, they maybe covered half of it," he said. "Probably closer to like 40 percent but nowhere near what they were supposed to do."

Tate says this causes the dirt to easily blow up in the air, landing all over their front yards and homes.

"The cars, the air conditioners, the windows, if you have anything in your front porch, it gets covered," said Tate.

Even worse, the air conditioning in Tate's truck is broken so he likes to keep the windows cracked in order to cool the truck down. But that means the dirt gets inside.

"If you have the windows down, the entirety of the inside of the truck or car gets covered with dirt like you can see on the dashboard. It's just one layer of dirt over the entirety of the dashboard."

13 Action News took the concerns to VT Construction. They did not want to do an on-camera interview but they politely explained the process over the phone. The company says just because the whole construction site does not appear to be saturated, it does not mean they aren't using enough water. VT Construction says they are within air quality limits.

But Tate and his neighbors are still unsettled.

"Unless they do stuff to the dirt to keep the dirt from coming back up into the air, that's not going to change anything."

VT Construction tells 13 Action News they will get in touch with Tate and anyone else who is frustrated. They said in the past, they've paid for some car washes when this happened near other sites. They also said they will be laying cement soon, so it should be a non-issue in a few days.