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Galveston couple sues Houston business over location of culvert

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 4, 2015

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A Galveston County couple is suing a Houston business over the location of a culvert being built next to their property.

William Van Scoyoc III and Colinda Van Scoyoc filed a lawsuit June 24 in Galveston County District Court against K. Hovnanian of Houston II.

According to the complaint, the couple has lived at 903 Mossy Oak Court, Friendswood since Jan. 13, 2012. The suit says K. Hovnanian of Houston II purchased 24 lots within the Creekwood Estates subdivision in August 2014.

The lawsuit states the defendant recently began construction of a home next door to the Van Scoyoc property. Their culvert and driveway are on the left side of the property, while the defendant's culvert and driveway lie to the right, next to the plaintiffs' land, the suit says.

The plaintiffs allege the defendant's culvert does not align with theirs and will continue to cause erosion of soil on their property and without repeated replacement of the soil, the Van Scoyocs' driveway could collapse. Further, the plaintiffs say they have reached out to the defendant to work out a solution with no response.

William and Colinda Van Scoyoc request the court to immediately issue a temporary restraining order and, after trial, make that order permanent. They also ask the defendant to appear and answer the court award the plaintiffs seek. They also seek attorney fees, court costs and damages up to $100,000. They are represented by attorneys Charles E. Lobb Jr. and Kyle Dickson of  Murray/Lobb in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number 15-CV-0641.

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