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MANSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Hundreds of homeowners suffering with failing foundations didn't hold back in expressing their frustration at a public hearing Wednesday evening on the crumbling concrete epidemic that plagues Connecticut.

The meeting was held at E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield, and comes just days after government investigators announced tainted concrete may have caused the issue.

On Wednesday, the victims let state leaders, including Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, know what they were feeling.

"You and the state of Connecticut had 16 years to get this right...you failed...shame on you," said Tim Heim.

Hundreds packed the meeting, and emotions spilled over.

"She's going to lose her house because she can't afford a mortgage...shame on you," Heim added.

Wyman said she understands the frustration but urged them to be patient.

"Actions are happening in Hartford now on behalf of you," Wyman said.

Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said help is on the way.

He expects results from an expansive investigation that launched last summer to be ready this fall.

"We've said from the beginning it is extremely tough...that's why we're doing it deliberately and thoroughly because we only get one shot in court to do that,” Harris said.

Government officials also said the two companies who mined and supplied the material have agreed to stop selling it for use in home foundations.

Victims said they are still fighting insurance companies for money to repair their homes.

There have been 220 complaints of "deteriorating concrete foundations in eastern Connecticut." 

To file a complaint, click here.

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