EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Three condemned homes in East Liverpool continue to stand Friday night, but after large movements in the ground on Wednesday, it is only a matter of time before they collapse.
The first round of drilling ended around 6 p.m. Thursday. Drillers reached 45 to 50 feet underground. They plan to create five more holes in the area in the next three to four days, then send that information to a laboratory.
“They’ll be able to tell us what kind of retaining wall we need to build, how deep it needs to go. From there, we can build back the surface of the road and fix the whole situation,” said Safety Services Director Brian Allen.
The ground below the homes is moving rapidly. There are massive cracks in the earth and concrete slabs have pulled apart.
“It’s really a race between the top two, the white one and the brick home,” Allen said. “Both of them have significant damage on their foundations now. One is only sitting on three walls of the foundation. So it’s really between God and Mother Nature at this point.”
Once the homes do eventually collapse, they will fall down the hill behind them onto the foundations of old houses.
Weather could speed the process.
“If we get a lot of rain, it’ll play a big factor. We have a lot of open cracks we can’t seal. They’re just too big to seal,” Allen said.
He added that the plan is to demolish the houses as part of the remediation plan for the hillside slope. This can’t happen, however, until the city or the state takes ownership of the property.