A Winnipeg homeowner says the city and a private contractor that was hired to fix her back lane should be held responsible for damage that was done to her house.
Donna Brooks says she has been getting the runaround when it comes to having someone deal with cracks that she said formed on her ceiling during the back lane work.
"I'm getting pissed off," Brooks told CBC News.
"You can just see, like, these cracks," she said, pointing at the ceiling. "You can see that it's actually starting to separate."
Brooks said the damage appeared during the reconstruction of her back lane over a month ago.
Her home shook from the vibrations when the work was being done, she said.
"Where my fence is, that machine was, like, right there, pounding away," she said.
Brooks said she called the city's 311 service, but she was told to contact the private contractor.
"His response was, 'We get a lot of these. We did not physically step onto your property. Therefore, we are not liable for any damage,'" she said.
But Winnipeg lawyer Harvey Pollock disagrees, saying he believes the contractor was at fault.
"It makes no difference whether or not he was on her property or not," he said.
"If they had not been working there. If they had not been using their equipment. If they had not caused the vibrations, there'd be no cracks in the ceiling."
Pollock said the best course of action in Brooks's case would be to hire a structural engineer to assess the damage to her home.
"But I shouldn't have to foot the bill for it. That should be done by either the contractor or by the city," said Brooks.
In a statement to CBC News, the City of Winnipeg says contractors that are hired to perform specific work for the city "accept the risks and responsibilities associated with their work."
The contractor has not returned calls from CBC News seeking comment.