Ronnie Johnson talks about the problems of trying to sell his house in East Palestine.  Prior to the derailment, he had viewings scheduled but those were canceled after a Norfolk Southern train was derailed Feb.  3 in the community, releasing hazardous chemicals into the water and water.
  • Realtors say the Norfolk Southern train derailment has put a stigma on the East Palestine housing market.
  • A couple trying to sell their East Palestine house are struggling to find buyers after Feb. 3 derailments.
  • It might be too early to determine how much of an impact the derailment will have on property values.

EAST PALESTINE – Ronnie Johnston and his girlfriend Christina Henry have been trying to sell their house on Park Avenue since moving into a new place in November.

There was an initial flurry of interest but that abruptly ended after a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed Feb. 3 in a fiery wreck and those toxic chemicals were released into the waterways and water a few miles away. Two shows were canceled.

“We’re just disgusted and worried,” Johnston, 47, a contractor, said while standing in the kitchen of their former home. “Now the market has crashed and everyone and their brothers are trying to put their house up for sale.”

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