Hasbrouck Heights homes in danger of collapsing due to damages from Ida's flooding

Residents along one Hasbrouck Heights street are wondering if their homes will need to be torn down due to extreme water damage brought by Ida last week.

News 12 Staff

Sep 9, 2021, 10:38 PM

Updated 957 days ago

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Residents along one Hasbrouck Heights street are wondering if their homes will need to be torn down due to extreme water damage brought by Ida last week.
An underground storm drain couldn't handle all of the water that fell in the area and the ground gave way, which means the houses along Kipp Avenue have started to give way as well.
The three homes are in jeopardy of collapsing due to damaged foundations. Two of these families have had to move out and they have no idea if the structures will be repaired or rebuilt or if they'll need to be demolished.
"The concrete slabs in the basement are coming up, all of my columns are all being moved. My house is actually pitched toward the back," Alex Alonso said.
Right next door to Alonso is the Hand family. Nick Hand overheard what the borough workers on the project had say.
"They literally said verbatim 'I've never seen anything like this and I can't believe that they allowed this,' they being the town," Hand said.
After suffering a much smaller sinkhole in the past, Nick Hand's mother called on the Borough of Hasbrouk Heights to repair the aging storm drain, but they put the responsibility on the property owner and nothing changed.
Next door to the Hand's house is Porzia Sciancalepore.
"We're afraid for the house. It's on a borderline, based on what the architect told us, and we don't know even if we want to start the fixes, we can't because, unless the root cause gets fixed, we can't do anything 'cause it'll happen again," she said.
In the rear of the houses, there's a massive sinkhole where there had been a storm pipe, which the township filled in with rocks on Wednesday.
But so far, Hasbrouck Heights has not yet addressed property damage with the homeowners and only told one that an architectural study is now being completed.
The homeowners said that want to stay on Kipp Avenue, but it may not be possible.
They argue that the Borough should pay for their homes' damages. They say Hasbrouck Heights has known about this aging storm drain for years.


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