EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – East Liverpool city officials have condemned a third house due to ground damage along Lisbon Street Monday, meaning that the family inside will have to move.
Around 10 a.m. Monday, city officials informed the family that they needed to move. They began inspecting the house after the family called the city and reported that the house was starting to crack in at least one location.
George Coles and his family have until Thursday in the hotel the Red Cross has been providing them. The landlord of the condemned home George was renting is helping him find a house.
Coles said the move has proved to be difficult.
“What are we supposed to do? It’s so quick. How can you just jump out and just go like that? It’s hard,” he said.
The Red Cross is working to relocate the family. The Red Cross has also helped two other families that had to be moved from their homes due to what city officials have described as “slippage,” or underground earth movement with an unknown cause.
The city is allowing the families to keep their belongings in the old fire station in the meantime.
That movement has caused significant water and sewer damage, which crews are trying to fix Monday. A drilling company was scheduled to start drilling in an alley behind the homes Monday to find the cause of the slippage, but that drilling has been postponed until Wednesday.
Now, city officials are waiting for drilling company to find a possible cause to problem.