Landslide wipes out 30 years of work

Landslide wipes out 30 years of work

There are 77 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Feb 28, 2009, titled Landslide wipes out 30 years of work. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Jon Ostendorff * [email protected] * published March 1, 2009 12:15 am MAGGIE VALLEY Bruce and Lorraine Donin hadn't planned to live in the house they built in Maggie Valley, at least not ...

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hikerusa

Mills River, NC

#1 Mar 1, 2009
Glad they are alive, sorry for their loss and hope others will not build where Nature will always win. It's foolish to build due to vanity.
willie

United States

#2 Mar 1, 2009
You just don't fool with Mother Nature. She'll show you who's boss everytime. The more our mountains are carved up by people wanting to have a summer home with a view, the more flooding and erosion we are going to have. Once again, the almighty dollars rule.
WNC Native

United States

#3 Mar 1, 2009
They should should have stayed in Florida, mountain people know you can not build beside a creek on a side of a mountain!

“Fourth Estate = Fifth Column”

Since: Apr 07

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#4 Mar 1, 2009
A quote from the article, "Landslides, unlike hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding, are almost impossible to predict." So, then why have regulations?

However, gravity is easy to predict.
dadgum

Chicago, IL

#5 Mar 1, 2009
retiredlawman wrote:
A quote from the article, "Landslides, unlike hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding, are almost impossible to predict." So, then why have regulations?
However, gravity is easy to predict.
I don't believe landslides are 'almost impossible to predict.' When there are heavy rains and the ground is saturated, trees fall over and the mountains give way. If there are no trees (having been removed for building the house), the ground will often give and slide.

A steep slope, e.g. side of a mountain, is often precarious.
Native

Eddyville, KY

#6 Mar 1, 2009
Maybe the landslides will keep the south Floridians and their egotistical, arrogant, superior, proud, and haughty attitude back down in the Sunshine state. We can only hope.
fairviewredneck

Boiling Springs, SC

#8 Mar 1, 2009
Native wrote:
Maybe the landslides will keep the south Floridians and their egotistical, arrogant, superior, proud, and haughty attitude back down in the Sunshine state. We can only hope.
AMEN!!!!!
mr logic

Maxton, NC

#9 Mar 1, 2009
Interesting that egoism create the idea that once you are victim then you become an advocate .We are so stupid that we need to wait for the trouble to happen to us before we try to prevent it with common sense laws like steep slopes /

Instead of commenting on that rednecks prefer blaming floridians !
Born Here

Suffolk, VA

#10 Mar 1, 2009
Native wrote:
Maybe the landslides will keep the south Floridians and their egotistical, arrogant, superior, proud, and haughty attitude back down in the Sunshine state. We can only hope.
Maybe this is God's way of telling Yankees and Floridiots to go back and stay there! Amen!
born here

Spartanburg, SC

#11 Mar 1, 2009
But the inspection reports noting the potentially unstable slope went to Edward McAloon, the owner of that land, not the Donins. McAloon could not be reached at the Maggie Valley house and phone number, or at his home in Florida.

Both from Florida! I rest my case.........
Granny

Auburn, AL

#12 Mar 1, 2009
Can you blame people who come here for wanting a little piece of what we take for granted? I only wish that the ones who trash our roadsides and live in squalor felt the same way. We have such a wonderful place to live. I don't believe that the people who move here and build homes realize just how lucky they are. I fault the big developers who buy up our land and resell it to others who have no idea of the dangers. Money is the bottom line always.
SaveAsheville

Hickory, NC

#13 Mar 1, 2009
I can only shake my head. When will these people learn? I guess wanting the good life can have its drawbacks sometimes.
Adios

United States

#14 Mar 1, 2009
I wish all the these Floridiots' houses would slide away. They have scarred our mountains with their ill-suited homes and polluted our communities with their arrogant personalities. Good riddance.
Confused

Greer, SC

#16 Mar 1, 2009
So if I understand the criticism here, it seems like Floridians and maybe Yankees have ruined your beautiful mountains by being arrogant and stupid. So what does that say about the local homegrown politicians and City, County officials who have and continue to let it all happen? Maybe the idiots just eventually attract other idiots to live amongst them. Just a thought.

“Think before you write!”

Since: Nov 08

United States

#19 Mar 1, 2009
Confused wrote:
So if I understand the criticism here, it seems like Floridians and maybe Yankees have ruined your beautiful mountains by being arrogant and stupid. So what does that say about the local homegrown politicians and City, County officials who have and continue to let it all happen? Maybe the idiots just eventually attract other idiots to live amongst them. Just a thought.
Here, here! It takes two to tango. The problem is not "floridiots" or "yankees", or even "locals". The problem is the combination of the many groups involved, lots of other factors, and the unbridled chasing of the $dollars$. To attempt to couch the discussion in trivial terms of "non local (you pick the title), go home!" is quite silly.

But then, I always chuckle when somebody calls themselves "local", since I would bet that that in itself is a touch challenge to well-define.

“Think before you write!”

Since: Nov 08

United States

#20 Mar 1, 2009
correction: "tough", not "touch"

;-)
Sweetpea

Manteo, NC

#21 Mar 1, 2009
squidlyman: I guess you can call me "Local" since I was born here, lived within 5 miles of where I grew up and never left except for my education and hubby's tour of military duty back in the 60's. I get sick to my stomach every time I look up at the mountain tops. Anyone building on top or side of a mountain deserves for NATURE to take its course. I don't want harm to come to the individuals but they need to THINK before they ACT.
Ghost Dog

Waterloo, IA

#22 Mar 1, 2009
Once their legislation is passed, can it be retroactive? Can it force the removal of all the McMansions on the sides of mountains, like in Waynesville, Highlands, Cashiers, Franklin, Sylva, Murphy, Asheville, etc? That would be wonderful. Look at the rediculus stilt houses that have been built on bluffs in West Asheville, what idiot would want to live in something like that, just waiting for it to collapse and slide down a 70 degree slope? Yea, the view is nice but how do you sleep at night. I went in one house that had 30 concrete blocks stacked up to support the lower side, 4 stacks, with no rebar, nothing but some mortar between them, couldn't wait to get out of that thing but a retired airlines pilot from "Florida" was living there with his wife. I was there with a friend who was building him an ornamental gate to keep the locals out of his driveway. Wonder what inspector approved that, bet some money changed hands, common sense clearly said "no way"!
Ghost Dog

Waterloo, IA

#23 Mar 1, 2009
There is another thing that has always puzzled me, why do people keep building back houses on beaches or by rivers when they get washed away every 5-10 years? Oh, the government keeps giving them money to rebuild. Wonder if Trent Lott got his FEMA money for his vacation home in Mississippi? "W" said he was going to rebuild it for him!
Confused

Greer, SC

#24 Mar 1, 2009
squidlyman wrote:
<quoted text>
Here, here! It takes two to tango. The problem is not "floridiots" or "yankees", or even "locals". The problem is the combination of the many groups involved, lots of other factors, and the unbridled chasing of the $dollars$. To attempt to couch the discussion in trivial terms of "non local (you pick the title), go home!" is quite silly.
But then, I always chuckle when somebody calls themselves "local", since I would bet that that in itself is a touch challenge to well-define.
Gosh Squidlyman, you are no fun at all. I was thinking it would take at least 3 or 4 more posts and a bit of engagement to get to my real point, but you just up and shouted it out right off the bat. And you are right. It's all about the dollar's. It's easy to draw lines in the sand and claim that because you are on the other side of the line then you are less than me. It's a whole lot harder to be actively fighting, legally, for what you believe in. And if all we ever do is look at each other and say, "Obviously it's their fault because they are from (insert State, Town, Country here), then we will never fix the mess we have ALL let happen in our "United" States of America.

Is anyone else still proud to call themselves and American? If yes, then act like it and Unite with your neighbor, just like our ancestors who built this country did.

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