East Liverpool official: Home may fall down hill at any moment

City officials are monitoring the home to make sure no one is nearby if and when it does fall down the hill behind it

The East Liverpool Water Department cut off water lines on Lisbon Street Wednesday to prepare for drilling in the area.


EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – An East Liverpool home is in danger of sliding down the hill at any minute, as the home slipped off its foundation another few inches, according to East Liverpool Service-Safety Director Brian Allen.

Allen has been monitoring the situation Wednesday night. He said just that afternoon, the home appeared to have shifted further and it could tumble down the hill.

Cracks continue to widen along Lisbon Street in East Liverpool. Officials are working to determine a cause.
Cracks continue to widen along Lisbon Street in East Liverpool. Officials are working to determine a cause.

Photos: East Liverpool Fissure

“The front foundation has completely separated from the house, so it’s sitting on three walls right now,” Allen said. “So, it’s only a matter of time at this point, and one of those walls is cracked very heavily.”

The East Liverpool Water Department cut off water lines on Lisbon Street Wednesday to prepare for drilling in the area to determine just what caused the shift of the earth, which has led to severe fissures along Lisbon Street, forcing three families out of their homes.

That movement of the earth has caused significant water and sewer damage, which crews have been working to repair. The families have been relocated, with help from the American Red Cross, as their houses were condemned and are at risk of sliding down the hill.

Wednesday night, the plan of action is to monitor the situation and make sure no one is in the property when it does fall.

Police tape has the home blocked off, and officers will be checking it throughout the night. The alley out back is clear because of the drilling rig coming on Thursday, and the next closest house is a couple hundred yards down the hill, so Allen said there is no risk to people or other property.

Drilling in the area is expected to begin late Thursday afternoon.

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