Rain Worsens Hill Slide Slip, Residents Worried

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In 2007, Carlos Leep and his wife purchased a house along Johnstown Road so they could be close to family and friends.

They raised their children there and both worked hard to make it their home sweet home. The home was finally paid off last year, life should be good, but that wasn’t the case.

“And that’s what I’ve done, I’ve made monthly payments, paid taxes on my house and now own my house, but I’m losing my house,” said Carlos.

At the time of purchase, neither of them had any idea the problems they’d be facing now. Six months ago, Carlos’ wife noticed their home’s foundation was sinking.

Directly behind the home is a steep hill side that was the culprit for various sinking and flooding problems. There’s numerous factors at play said Carlos, but one of the biggest factors is the amounts of rain the Tristate area has received recently.

Heavy rain falls have now caused the hill side to slowly give way and slip on to their home. To maintain the issue, Carlos getting a permit to place a retaining wall as a temporary solution.

“How many time I redo my retaining wall and it just keep coming, it’s a never-ending, losing battle and all I can say is we just keep praying,” said Carlos.

Since the hill side began giving the couple problems, they have spent roughly $20,000 in repairs,

Carlos and his wife said that at this point they have no where to turn. They can’t sell the house, and they don’t have the finances to move and start all over again.

Carlos said that if it weren’t for friends and neighbors who help him to maintain the slippages, his situation would be unbearable.

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