wow, sorry to hear about ur neighbors. i hope things get better for you all. you did a great job on journaling. the pages really pop as well. tfs. <img border='0' src='/images/icons/grin.gif'>
Your LO is wonderful - jumped off the page to me! Great journaling - you really captured what you went through. Very sorry for your neighbors - hope they come out of it OK!
Great Layout, loved the colours. The journalling is great too. What a terrible story, gotta feel for those unfortunate people who owned the homes that were directly affected.
oh my!! What a crazy thing!! I love the color scheme of your design, though!
Great LO. I'm sorry for your neighbors <img border='0' src='/images/icons/frown.gif'> What a scary and horrible ordeal for them.
Project - Slide Zone... Fixed?
posted 10/05/05 at 09:13 PM
photo on red “The Allens' house, sliding backwards”
photo on green “The Mathews' house, tipping backward”
photo on yellow “The Gimres' house, garage separating from house”
photo on orange “Tipping the side and sliding backwards”
After Hauke's Sentry closed to make way for the new Safeway in late 2003, Skip Hauke decided to develop some adjacent property he owned at the corner of Franklin and Leif Erickson Drive. He hired Jim Wilkins' construction company to excavate the site and build the stores Skip had planned. It seemed like a good idea, but it quickly went bad. Apparently, Wilkins did not precisely follow the engineer's plan when excavating the hill and cut away the “toe” of the hill, thus compromising its stability. The hill started to slid. Slowly, but perceptibly. The Allens were the first to complain that there was a problem when cracks appeared in their basement walls. Soon, others were affected as well and the city enlisted experts to track land movement. Everyone worried about what would happen when the winter rains started. Living just block from the slide and on a bluff, we seriously considered if we needed to move. Ultimately, since the slide was able to be stopped by refilling the excavation site with stone and constructing a retaining wall, we decided to stay. We were lucky to be unaffected, but many others in the neighborhood were not so lucky. Sadly, homeowners' insurance does not usually cover losses due to slides, so the families had no choice but to try to recoup their losses through litigation. Suits are still pending, two years later, against Skip, Jim and the City. The houses are still not repaired and aren't habitable. The broken streets have been repaired, as have most of the cracked retaining walls. Land movement continues to be monitored monthly and all seems to be back to normal, but the neighborhood certainly has not forgotten the tension and stress for the many months the movement was going on.
So here we stay for the being, almost four years now and close to two years after this whole situation started. As much as we love our view, it's a relief we don't own the house. But we can continue to appreciate the good things about it and not worry about the financial loss in case something happens in the future. So contrary to what my mom thinks, there are plusses to renting.
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