Huntington families concerned about hill slipping

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va (WOWK) – Huntington resident Carlos Leep, and his neighbors, are facing a very serious threat. 

“We’ve hauled off six truck loads of dirt because it was coming in our house just to try to keep living here because we don’t have nowhere else to go.” 

Leep and his neighbors live on Johnstown Road are worried and frustrated something bad is about to happen, so worried they’ve built their own retaining walls. 

“If you look back here it’s starting to bow in the center, I’m getting ready to lose that one. That’s like my fourth retaining wall,” Leep said. 

These neighbors claim unrepaired slips in a shut-down road at the top of the hill behind their homes are allowing water to flow freely pushing the hillside into the back of everyone’s homes.  

Van Ford lives a few doors down from Leep. He’s been dealing with the same problem for more than 17 year.

“All the water comes down off the hillside. I mean, it comes all different directions and comes down in this way, Ford said. “The walls, the retaining walls back there, it’s cracking. There’s cracks like this now because the ground is shifting.” 

Ford reveals he looked at a map from a while back and noticed something.  

“This trench here was not on there. This trench is due from all the water running through here and it runs over,” Ford said. 

It’s not just the retaining walls coming down or even the new trenches forming. 

“The whole hill is coming down and as you can see the trees are coming down. They’re ready to come down on my house. The trees back there are falling,” Leep said. 

WOWK has contacted the City of Huntington and they deny any responsibility for the road slips and hill side. 

We’ll have the second part to this story Friday, April 12 at 5 p.m.

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