Wellsville man sues over storm runoff
LISBON – A Wellsville man, who claims the village failed to protect his home from storm water drainage issues, filed a lawsuit seeking $100,000 in damages late last week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
Frank Pucci, 10th Street, Wellsville, claims in April 2013 the village contacted Allison’s Contracting in Wellsville to inspect the city drains on his street. Following the inspection, Allison’s Contracting placed a bid to clean out the drains, which were found to be blocked. However, the village did not hire anyone to clean the drains.
Pucci adds that because the village took no action, when it rained on Aug. 8, 2013, his basement at his home at 411 10th St. flooded. The damage reportedly ruined his washer, dryer, heater, hot water tank, numerous collectibles and memorabilia. Items included band stage props, holiday decorations, three large statues and $81,600 in collectibles appraised by Kent Bell at Pucci’s request.
Besides asking the village to pay for his losses, the lawsuit claims if Wellsville does not take action, the basement of his home will flood again. In addition to seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages, Pucci is asking the village be directed to make repairs to the village drains and sewer lines near his home.
The lawsuit was filed by Lynsey Lyle-Opalenik and Charles C. Amato of Wellsville.