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U.S. Senators Say They Are Seeking Help for Homeowners Dealing With Crumbling Concrete Problem

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    Both of Connecticut's U.S. Senators came to Tolland on Wednesday to hear from homeowners who are dealing with crumbling foundations. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017)

    There was standing-room only as both of Connecticut’s U.S. Senators came to northern Connecticut Wednesday to address the state’s crumbling concrete crisis. 

    Some people actually had to stand outside the Tolland Fire Department Training Center and wait for the senators to speak with them. 

    At this point, 556 people have filed complaints with the state, saying their basement walls are crumbling underneath their homes and businesses. 

    Since the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters brought this problem to light two summers ago, the answers have been few. 

    Homeowners learned most insurers have changed their policies so they don’t cover the problem. Most of the homeowners did not discover the issue until well after the 10-year statute of limitations for defective product claims. 

    Beyond outlining what assistance they are trying to get from the federal and state governments, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal took aim at many of the insurers. 

    “They changed the policies. They didn’t do it by accident, they knew what they were doing,” Blumenthal said. 

    Several people in the audience did criticize the senators, however, noting that it has been almost two years since they learned about this issue without any assistance arriving.