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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Retaining wall collapses in a San Antonio neighborhood

AP-On Sunday, a retaining wall in the Northwest side neighborhood The Hills of Rivermist split, opening a 30-foot-deep gash in the ground. Homes were in danger of collapsing and more than two dozen families were evacuated. Engineers moved in Tuesday, dumping tons of dirt in the deepening hole, dubbed a "slope failure" by city officials, in an attempt to prevent further dirt slippage. The neighborhood of Rivermist was built by Centex Homes, a subdivision of Pulte Homes.

The city is keeping a close eye on these repairs and they are also expanding their inspections to other retaining walls around the city. A retaining wall was improperly built and perhaps withou city permits. "We see this type of slope failure in many places if the construction is not done properly," said University of Texas at San Antonio's geotechnical engineering professor Dr. Sassad Shafique.

City engineers have agreed with Shafique, so they have started their own inspections of the wall and houses. The outcome should be reported shortly. We will monitor who gets blamed for the incident.

Our lawyers have been contacted by several home owners in an effort to help them with their problems. If you are one of them, join our efforts to obtain justice and find the thruth about this and other problems affecting our community.