Residents of East Palestine, Ohio, are outraged after Norfolk Southern has refused to compensate them for the devaluation of their homes resulting from the railroad's recent expansion.
The expansion, which added new tracks and a rail yard, has caused a significant decrease in the value of homes in the area. Homeowners have been left with few options for recouping their losses, as Norfolk Southern has not offered any form of compensation or assistance.
The affected homeowners have filed a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern, claiming that the railroad has violated its obligation to pay for damages caused by its operations. They argue that the devaluation of their homes makes it impossible for them to sell and move on while retaining any value.
The homeowners have received some support from local officials, who agree that Norfolk Southern should be held accountable for the losses it has caused. The mayor of East Palestine, Alan Miller, has publicly stated his support for the homeowners, saying that Norfolk Southern should “do the right thing” and compensate them for the devaluation of their homes.
The case is still ongoing and the outcome is uncertain. However, it is clear that Norfolk Southern's refusal to compensate the homeowners of East Palestine has left many feeling angry and powerless.