Recurring storms cause erosion problems
Erosion from recent storms is causing headaches for a Glassport couple.
Jerry and Joanne Wirbicki are worried their home in the 500 block of Cypress Alley is one heavy rainstorm away from being washed out.
Heavy rains on July 10 resulted in a large portion of the street in front of the home caving in after a stormwater runoff problem caused earth under the street to wash away.
“The asphalt was just peeling away,” Jerry Wirbicki said. “You could park a truck in it.”
The couple notified borough officials of the hole in the street and Glassport employees tried to fix the problem. The Wirbickis said an employee using a piece of heavy equipment damaged the gas line into their house.
“Then they told my husband that we need to hire a plumber,” Joanne Wirbicki said.
The couple, who remained without gas on Friday, said on Tuesday the borough on returned to fill in the hole with gravel and patch the alley but the repair only lasted a couple of hours. A heavy rain that night resulted in another washout and the hole returned.
It is believed that a storm sewer backup is causing the problems. The Wirbickis said they've experienced minor problems in the past with potholes forming in the alley but never anything that compares to what they've seen in the last two weeks.
Councilman Dave Kowalski said the borough is working to fix the problem and was in the process of making arrangements to borrow a special camera to run into the sewer line to see where the problem is located. Kowalski said he hoped the camera would be available by sometime on Saturday.
“It will be repaired as soon as possible,” Kowalski said. “That's the first place we're going.”
Kowalski said recent storms caused a similar problem at Ninth Street and Vermont Avenue. Kowalski said the problem in Cypress Alley may be from a blockage at a 90-degree turn in the sewer line. He said it is possible the line will have to be replaced.
The runoff problems caused water to back up in the Wirbickis' basement. Having lost their furnace, hot water heater, washer and dryer and other valuables as a result, the couple said they are worried more heavy rain will cause additional damage to the foundation of their home.
For now, the hole is covered with steel plate and boards.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Munhall’s $8.3 million spending plan has no tax hike or furloughs
- Businessman responds to Brewster shale tax proposal
- West Mifflin soccer fields nearly done, but play will be delayed
- Polka musician ‘Mr. December’ bringing his fiddle to McKeesport lodge
- Teen who accused Clairton police of brutality pleads guilty to lesser charges
- Tax break extension bill has goodies for Mon-Yough area
- Greensburg pit bull advocacy group plans fundraiser in Homestead
- Executive says Century III revival plan remains on track
- West Mifflin man charged with risking catastrophe
- Salvation Army edges closer to campaign goals
- StatMedevac wins safety award