A landslide has swallowed up two backyards in the Austin Ridge neighborhood. Stafford County fire officials have condemned the houses, displaced the owners, and now the long road to recovery looms ahead.
There is no good explanation for what caused the landslide. In the opinion of some, it may have been poorly developed land, perhaps it was a result of the recent magnitude 5.8 earthquake followed by a hurricane and a week of rain from the remnants of tropical storm Lee. Regardless of cause, the tough reality for these families is that their homes are condemned, they are in temporary housing and the homeowners are responsible for all costs to save the homes and rebuild the land.
It took over a year to figure out a plan to fix the land and a few additional months are required to determine if the land repairs are solid enough that the homes can be used again. Learn more about the journey of these families and the community that helped them on this website.