Monday, December 22, 2008

Slip slidin' away.....

Buying a home on a hill always means you have to worry about things like landslides, runoff, fires etc. Usually it takes more than a year though for problems to occur. It looks like the Canyon Oaks tract (South Corona near Tom's Farm) is already seeing some problems. KB homes has evacuated 4 of the homes as a "precaution". I

From the PE

Four Corona area homes have been evacuated by LA-based homebuilder KB Homes because a retaining wall in the backyards is beginning to crumble and has been deemed unsafe, KB Homes spokesman Craig LeMessurier said Sunday.

The homes in the Canyon Oaks community are just over a year old, but heavy rains last week and the forecast of more this week caused the precautionary action.

Kat Sanders lives two doors down from one of the homes evacuated and said she is fearful as well. "I'm terrified. I've had trouble sleeping," Sanders said. "They're (KB Homes representatives) telling me I'm fine, but it's pretty worrisome when they're telling us there's no problem, but don't turn on your sprinklers."

One of her neighbors has cracks across the backyard and each of the four evacuated homes has black plastic and sandbags across the backyard near the wall. Engineers for the homebuilder were on the properties Thursday and Friday, and they made their recommendation Friday night, Sanders said.

Sanders said she and her husband paid $571,000 for their 3,600 square-foot home with four bedrooms and a loft last year.

(WHAT, They paid $571k last year?? They should hope the house does slide down the hill. Then at least they can get thier money back).

Steve Sanders, a resident in the Canyon Oaks area in an unincorporated area near Corona, off Temescal Canyon Road, looks at an eroding retaining wall. KB Homes evacuated four families as a precaution because rain is expected this week.

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