PHOTOS: Families outraged at contractor's 2-story dirt pile

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 6:21 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- Some Portsmouth families in the Highland Biltmore neighborhood are outraged after a contractor dumped a huge mound of dirt behind their homes.

City engineer James Wright says a company working for Elizabeth River Crossings who was working on the Martin Luther King extension project dumped the debris behind homes on Summers Place.

Wright says the company violated zoning laws because they're not supposed to dump construction soil behind homes in this location. 

The city is ordering the company haul away the two-story high mound and the contractor is facing consequences.

Although families say they've told the city about the eyesore for the past couple months, city officials tell 13News Now it took them a while to figure out who was doing the dumping.

Families hope city leaders keep their word and have the dirt removed.
 

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