City of Arvin wants Big N Deep to pay for damage

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 21:24:10-05

During a city council meeting Tuesday night, Arvin city council officials discussed plans to have Big N Deep reimburse the city for an effluent pipe that was damaged in June.

The city of Arvin paid for the repair of the pipe but say that a contractor for Big N Deep caused the damage.

Collin Alexander, part owner of Big N Deep, says that they did damage the sewer pipe but that the pipe was unmarked on their Underground Service Alert ticket. Alexander says that they are not responsible for the damage because they did not know the pipe was there. 

Alexander also added that she believed Big N Deep and the city of Arvin had come to an understanding sometime in the summer. It wasn't until after Big N Deep was involved in an incident in November that the city of Arvin told them that they wanted $127,000 in reimbursement for the June incident.

The November incident Big N Deep was involved in consisted of a worker hitting a PG&E gas line and causing an explosion at the intersection of Houghton Road and Wible Road. 

The explosion killed the worker and severely burned two women. The women have filed lawsuits against PG&E and Big N Deep.

The attorney for the two women says that one woman was released approximately two weeks ago and the other remains in the hospital and has had at least eight surgeries.