Crew drills in East Liverpool, could cause home to collapse

A core sampler is on site to determine a cause for the fissure, so a proposal for funding can be submitted to ODOT

Families evacuated from their homes in East Liverpool are receiving help from the community.

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Crews in East Liverpool are watching closely, concerned one of the homes damaged in a hillside slip could tumble over the side of the hill along State Route 267 on Thursday.

The ground fell another foot over the weekend from the natural slippage. The home is creaking as it shifts further off of its foundation.

Photos: East Liverpool Fissure

A core sampler was on site Thursday, drilling into the ground to determine the cause of the fissure.

“Then they’re actually going to go into the bedrock about ten feet so that we can determine the density of the bedrock, so that from that they’ll build the plan for remediation and reconstruction of the roadways,” said Safety Services Director Brian Allen.

A cause needs to be determined quickly to create a proposal for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s emergency fund.

Allen believes that when the ten foot drill hits the bedrock the homes are built on, the home might collapse into an alleyway behind them. This could cause a domino effect, and result in the other two homes falling as well.

“This whole hillside is one giant rock, and I’m not a drilling expert but when you start drilling into rock, I think it’s going to vibrate at some point,” he said.

Allen says that George Cole and his family, who have been renting one of the homes for 25 years, are not going to be receiving any help from their insurance company. Out of the three, their home has moved the most and now that it’s falling off its foundation, it will likely be the first to collapse.

“He’s a renter, he’s paid renter insurance faithfully for many years, and I found out through dealing with George yesterday that they refuse to pay anything on his claim,” Allen said. “He still has belongings in the home that I can’t allow him into, that’s the home that’s in danger of falling at any moment.”

The landlord is not receiving homeowner’s insurance either, but is trying to take further action with his agency to get some help.

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