Hillside Gives Way Beneath Grand Terrace Home

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grand-terrace-slideGRAND TERRACE, Calif. (KTLA) — A hillside home in Grand Terrace is in danger after the ground beneath it gave way on Tuesday.

While the patio dangles with no earth underneath to support it, there’s growing fear about what could happen to the entire house.

The family that lives in the home, located at 22846 Vista Grande, has been forced to evacuate in case of another landslide.

The homeowner, Dr. Arthur Jimenez, told KTLA he was getting ready for work when he heard a loud bang.

“I thought it was a jolt, like an earthquake, so I checked all the interior parts of the house, and I didn’t see anything fall or anything unusual,” he said.

But then, minutes later, firefighters knocked on his door and told him and his wife that they needed to evacuate immediately.

“According to them, someone actually called 911 that we had a massive landslide,” Jimenez said.

“So I looked over the patio and I saw a gush of water down the hill. The retaining wall was gone,” he recalled.

Jimenez says he doesn’t know for sure what caused the waters to flood the hillside and make the earth underneath his home give way, but he thinks it’s a broken pipe.

“My theory is it’s an aging pipe,” Jimenez explained. “Whether it is connected to the city or not… But that’s my speculation.”

He said he has turned off the water to his home, but it still looked like water was coming from somewhere.

Engineers are now trying to assess the situation and figure out some answers.

Meantime, Jimenez just hopes he can salvage the home where he and his wife have raised their family.

“We will fight for the house, everything to keep it,” he insisted. “Memories… a lot of memories there.”

The landslide has caused some cracks in the foundation of the home. So far, however, homes in the surrounding area appear to be okay.

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