Builders worry landslide maps may sca...

Builders worry landslide maps may scare off buyers

There are 24 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 1, 2009, titled Builders worry landslide maps may scare off buyers. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Jon Ostendorff * [email protected] * published March 2, 2009 12:15 am State geologists have painstakingly identified hundreds of landslide-prone areas in the four years since a debris flow two miles ...

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“Report and Deport1866-DHS-2 ICE”

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#22 Mar 2, 2009
nctxnc wrote:
I was the project manager for the Peek's Creek environmental/cleanup response and saw the area where the debris flow started and there were no houses built on this area. This area was solid rock that had been covered with shallow soils and once saturated the soils gave way and flowed down into the valley basically following Peek's Creek itself. The homes destroyed and lives lost were in the valley.
Natural occurance. Thanks.
We had a water washed bank down below our house when I was younger. There was nothing but red clay mud and a few jack pines. Over the years, this made a gully that ran into Webbs Branch when it rained hard. Pines are rooted close to the ground---clay mud loves water.
Believe it or not, someone put a double wide trailor there in the 70's and guess what? Yeah, it could have been prevented, but the folks who sold that dabble of property failed to tell the 'new' folks that they had reseeded and that the trees were new growth. A hillbilly would have known. Mountain1, I know you know where I am talking about.
Ghost Dog

Waterloo, IA

#23 Mar 2, 2009
What was it PT Barnum said? A S----r is born every minute? Outrageous evaluations/appraisals for land and houses, just to up the value of a commission and taxes. The balance scale has tilted and a lot of folks are never going to recover what they put into these McMansions. Look for lots of abandoned houses in the near future. Wonder when the mountainsides in Waynesville will start to slide and look like a ghosttown, wait a minute, that's in Maggie Valley!
local yokel

Charlotte, NC

#24 Mar 2, 2009
How can a developer not be held accountable for selling a piece of land or house that is very expensive, especially if they aren't telling the buyers that there is a risk? No other business gets away with this type of practice. And why shouldn't the government have a say in this? We have building inspectors look at plumbing, electrical, the spacing of wall studs, etc, but nobody is required to inspect the ground the house is sitting on, or check if the driveway is going to slide down the hill and destroy a neighbor's house. There are a lot of good people working for these developers, that are only trying to make a living. But, the developers themselves are pretty much all rotten, basically criminals. They don't care at all about the quality or safety of what they are selling to people. They only care about making it look good long enough to sell it and get away from it. When it comes down to hard choices about doing it cheap or doing it right, they choose cheap every time. And then they put out a press release about their development's harmony with the environment or some other b**s**t. I've seen it a million times.
WNC

Hayesville, NC

#25 Mar 3, 2009
Ghost Dog wrote:
What was it PT Barnum said? A S----r is born every minute? Outrageous evaluations/appraisals for land and houses, just to up the value of a commission and taxes. The balance scale has tilted and a lot of folks are never going to recover what they put into these McMansions. Look for lots of abandoned houses in the near future. Wonder when the mountainsides in Waynesville will start to slide and look like a ghosttown, wait a minute, that's in Maggie Valley!
the thing that is dangerous about Haywood County especially is that it is the highest in elevation and no water runs through Haywood county...all the water begins in Haywood County and runs out (often polluted by the paper mill). So basically the whole area is a giant aquifer. That is why Haywood has experienced two home slides. I was photographing a place there a month ago that had a hundred foot slide happening five foot from the corner of the house...guess what, the house is for sale for about 200,000. Seems like there should be an official to come out when a house goes on the market to make sure it is safe.

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