Street cave-in dooms dwelling in Glassport
Basement problems caused by the July deluge in Glassport have forced the borough to condemn a house on Cypress Alley.
Heavy rains on July 10 caused a large portion of the street to cave in because stormwater runoff washed away the soil below.
The borough filled the hole but the repair job was washed away by subsequent storms.
The home owned by Jerry and Joanne Wirbicki sustained foundation damage as a result.
The Wirbickis said they have hired an attorney because they have been unable to get help from their insurance company or the borough.
Joanne Wirbicki said the insurance company told her flood damage is not covered under their policy
Jerry Wirbicki suffered a heart attack last week, apparently from stress brought on by the fourth recent occurrence of flooding in his home.
Joanne Wirbicki said her husband underwent open-heart surgery a year ago.
He has been released from the hospital and was present Monday as crews attempted to fix the hole.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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