March Rains Causing Problems For South Bay Homeowners

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Some residents who live in the hills overlooking San Jose’s Almaden Valley are now facing major problems following last month’s rain storms.

Lana Sucala and her family built what they called their “dream home” in 2005 in the hills off of Old Almaden Road.

But following the March storms, eroding soil underneath the home’s foundation is causing her driveway to buckle and crack, concrete retaining walls to split and the stairway to the front door is separating from the house.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“Today the cracks are in front of the house. But we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” she said.

Sucala said at her next door neighbor’s house, there have been several gas line breaks and Pacific Gas and Electric crews are out inspecting the line almost everyday. They have also been forced to evacuate the area four times.

But despite all the problems and safety concerns, Sucala said she and her family are staying put, as she’s not sure if anyone else would want to move into her “dream house.”

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One Comment

  1. FACM says:

    Yeah, what are you going to do? This is where you put all your money … and heart

  2. Albert Jarw says:

    When you build a dream home or any dwelling you need a survey of the type of soil and rock formation for the site. You have to plan for any contingency: excessive rains, earthquake, or other natural disasters. I bet the contractor just built what they wanted and limited his suggestions for reinforced walls, ground stabilization (avoiding rain washouts) and landscaping that would absorb much excessive rainfall. Heck being in CA I would have built a cistern to catch rainwater to use in emergencies to water a garden and grown vegetables.

  3. Roger Craig says:

    People build in flood plains and get flooded and others live in danger zones by their choice and reasons. We should not have to hear about their problems let alone pay
    for damage mother nature causes as they choose where they live.
    If your heart is there put you wallet there also and stop crying about it…

  4. DeeDee says:

    Wow,…how unfortunate that people that can actually afford to build a home in such an expensive area, that is be delayed by the rain. Middle class aren’t making enough money and can barely afford groceries followed by poor education for their children. Yea, very unfortunate. Thank God I moved to Texas. GOD BLESS TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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