Tuesday, January 26, 2010

San Antonio Slide

No, the San Antonio Slide isn't a Texas line dance move from the 90's; it's a man made landslide in The Hills of Rivermist subdivision outside of San Antonio, Texas. Developers decided to place this new housing development on an old ranch with rolling hills. To get more homes on the rolling property, a 1,000 foot (305 meter) long and what looks like 15-20 foot (5-6 meter) tall retaining wall was built to hold back the hillside. Last week though, at least 1-2 inches (3-5 cm) of rain fell across this usually dry area. As a result, the heavy clay soil began to expand as it became wet and pushed against the retaining wall. Reports now say that the builder did not have a permit to build the wall, but they claim that a certified engineer designed the wall. I'm sure the home builder will be the subject of lawsuits for years to come. The sad part is though that the builder will likely claim bankruptcy and will not be held financially responsible for the losses incurred by the residents. Here's a link to the full story.

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