Brazil property damaged from snow plow trucks

It’s been a long winter and relentless scraping of the street. Now, piles of snow have finally melted. But, what’s left is quite the surprise.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 7:15 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2018 8:26 PM

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI)- It’s been a long winter and relentless scraping of the street. Now, piles of snow have finally melted. But, what’s left is quite the surprise.

Robert Hostetler is frustrated. His family owned business has damage to the outside of the building.

The property that is on US 40 in downtown Brazil, Indiana has debris and windows are shattered.

Hostetler says he discovered the damage on Monday morning. Surveillance footage shows INDOT snow plow trucks seemingly speeding down the street.

Hostetler says this damage was never an issue until the expanded US 40 and the sidewalks became smaller.

“I’d like for INDOT to just slow down when they are doing the parking lane clearing,” Hostetler said. “We appreciate the job that INDOT does, but the damage that comes from the debris hitting the building is a little bit frustrating.”

Hostetler’s property isn’t the only problem area. A neighboring building has similar issues.

Hostetler says he called the police who later investigated both properties.

“The mayor has been very active,” Hostetler said. “He told INDOT we have a problem here in Brazil.”

INDOT is aware.

“We are definitely going to be reminding the drivers how to plow in those conditions,” Debbie Calder, INDOT communications director said. "We do apologize for this."

Hostetler says he just wants the damage fixed and the plows to slow down.

INDOT says these things happen sometimes. A spokesperson told the mayor business owners must file a torte claim with the attorney general’s office to receive any money back for damage. That is a 90-day process.

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