Monday, May 13, 2013

Lake County homes sinking; 'it's a slow-motion disaster' - California

Home in a subdivision in Lake County are sinking, prompting officials to seek help.

Eight homes are now abandoned and 10 others are under notice of imminent evacuation as a hilltop with sweeping vistas of Clear Lake and the Mt. Konocti volcano swallows the subdivision built 30 years ago.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors asked Gov. Jerry Brown to declare an emergency so funding might be available to stabilize utilities and determine the cause of the collapse. On May 6, state Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) wrote a letter of support asking Brown for immediate action. The California Emergency Management Agency said Brown was still assessing the situation.

On Wednesday, the state sent a water resources engineer and a geologist to look at the problem. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a representative the next day.,0,2925076.story