An Indiana woman and her daughter are fighting to keep land that the government plans to seize through eminent domain.

The home in Westfield has been in the Vincent family since 1948. Now, the city wants to take it over and build a roundabout.

Sandra Vincent said the city didn’t even send her a letter to inform her that it planned to take the land. Instead, she found out at a public hearing in February 2013.

What justification did the city give for taking the land?

“They can. By law, legally, they can take it,” Vincent said. “With eminent domain, there’s really nothing you can do if you’re the defendant in the case. You’re virtually helpless.”

Vincent’s daughter, Leah, said the situation is devastating.

“This is more than a house,” she said. “This is our family heritage, our history.”

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