Everett neighborhood is sinking + Pacific Northwest Earthquake & Volcano Activity
EVERETT, Wash. — People living in the Valley View neighborhood of southeast Everett are waiting and watching. A two story house on their block is tilted at a 20 degree angle and could collapse at any moment.
A crack in the earth that first appeared six weeks ago is now threatening about four homes. The City of Everett has “red tagged” the home on Burl which is collapsing. That means no one is allowed near the property.
A “yellow tag” was posted on two other properties where the land is giving way.
A surface slide in the area of Rob and Margaret Lund’s house caused their deck and cement patio to completely collapse.
“There is nothing to stop this from happening again and again,” said Rob Lund.
Recent heavy rains has caused the sliding to accelerate in the neighborhood. Neighbors said the problem appears to be getting much worse.
“If that house goes, the land will go with it,” said Steve Mosman, who lives right next door to the collapsing home. “It would pull our land down with it. We just don’t know what is going to happen.”
The City of Everett is monitoring the problem daily but has no authority to re-enforce private property. City engineers have recommended the homeowner demolish the collapsing home.
Wisconsin Flooding Opens Sinkhole & Closes Airport:
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – Powerful thunderstorms caused widespread flooding in southern Wisconsin, closing down Milwaukee’s airport and opening up a giant sink hole, and two people were hospitalized after being struck by lightning, authorities said. Heavy rain pounded the region for several hours Thursday evening, and flooding snarled traffic along water-blocked roadways. The National Weather Service reported several tornadoes.
Another round of showers and thunderstorms forecast for Friday could add to the misery. The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood watch for all of southern Wisconsin. At the height of the storm Thursday, a massive sink hole swallowed a Cadillac Escalade at an intersection near downtown Milwaukee, and parts of the city saw up to 7.5 inches of rain in just two hours, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.
A witness who helped the driver out of the sink hole, which he estimated to be about 20 feet deep and 15 feet wide, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the driver kept asking what had happened. Mark Pawlik, who owns a towing company, said he was walking in the rain when he noticed a traffic light sunk into the ground, then saw the large sport utility vehicle approach the intersection.
“The Escalade just went wham!” Pawlik, 46, told the newspaper. “Everything went down. The power line went like ‘pow’ and then I think it was sewer water was just pouring into the hole.” The driver was taken to a local hospital. His name and condition haven’t been released.
The National Weather Service reported tornado touchdowns near Whitewater, and more between Palmyra and Muskego, but there were no immediate reports of property damage or injuries. Two people hit by lightning were taken to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, but their conditions haven’t been released, emergency management officials said.
More than 8,000 of 32,000 We Energies customers who lost power in Thursday’s storms remained without service Friday. Dozens of flights were canceled at Milwaukee-General Mitchell International, which closed around 9:30 p.m. when floodwaters began covering parts of the runways, airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe said. At one point, flooding also blocked outdoor ticketing and baggage claim areas.
Air traffic controllers were evacuated from their tower because of a tornado warning earlier in the evening. They were allowed back about an hour later, and a few planes were allowed to land and take off before flooding forced officials to close the airport, she said. The airport remained closed Friday morning.
“There aren’t a whole lot of places where we can push the water,” Rowe said.
MILWAUKEE —City crews fixed a broken water main and are now beginning repairs on a massive sinkhole near Humboldt and Commerce in Milwaukee. It formed on Saturday evening. Two cars parked along the road fell into the sinkhole.
The sinkhole is estimated to be 30 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Officials say it was caused when a 42-inch water main first laid in 1927 broke Saturday evening around 8 p.m. The sinkhole apparently cracked through around 9:30 p.m.
While city crews have begun repairs to the roadway, it’s unclear when the sinkhole will be entirely cleaned up. Milwaukee Water Works’ engineering staff was on site Monday morning further assessing the damage.
Andrew Gelles is the owner of one of the cars that crashed into the hole. He was preparing to play with his band at a bar around the corner. “Unloaded my gear and saw a parking spot available just at the bottom of that hill and thought, ‘Perfect, I’ll just part there,'” said Gelles. As Gelles walked away from his car, he noticed some water streaming out of a nearby manhole cover.
The other car in the sinkhole was also empty. City officials say the owners of the two vehicles can file a claim with the city to recover costs from the damage to their cars.
This is the second massive sinkhole on Milwaukee’s east side within a year. The floods in July 2010 caused another massive hole to form at North and Oakland Avenues. It cost the city roughly $2 million to repair that sinkhole. Milwaukee Water works says there are five to six water main breaks every single day in the city. Copyright © 2011, WITI-TV
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