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Street cave-in dooms dwelling in Glassport

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Eric Slagle | Daily News
A contractor hired by Glassport dumps rock into a hole that formed about three weeks ago in Cypress Alley because of an apparent blockage to a sewer main. Heavy rains on July 10 resulted in a large portion of the street caving in after a stormwater runoff problem caused earth under the street to wash away. The borough previously refilled the hole but the repair job was washed away by subsequent heavy rain storms. The street washout has also affected the basement of a home owned by Jerry and Joanne Wirbicki. Their house has been deemed uninhabitable because of foundation problems. The Wirbickis said they have hired an attorney because they have not been able to get help from their insurance company or the borough. Last week, Jerry Wirbicki suffered a heart attack, apparently from stress brought on by what was the fourth recent occurrence of flooding in his home. He has since been released from the hospital and was present Monday as crews attempted to fix the hole.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:56 a.m.
 

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 eslagle@tribweb.com

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