Landslide Threatens Ross Township Couple’s House

ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A landslide is threatening a couple’s home in Ross Township.

Richard and Faith Everson think all the rain we’ve had lately may have played a role in their front yard giving way.

It began with a small crack in their driveway three weeks ago. “From there it sunk faster than the Titanic,” said Faith Everson.

The ground dropped at least 20 feet and tumbled onto Sewickley Oakmont Road, prompting restrictions for about a week. The road is now open, but a contractor has told the Everson’s there’s nothing they can do to stop it until the ground dries out.

“If this carport falls, it could pull the front of the house off and collapse the house,” said Richard Everson.

“I’ve lived here for 35 years, and my house is destroyed almost is the way I feel,” said Faith Everson.

Gas to their home had to be shut off. They discovered their insurance won’t cover the cost of the repairs and the total could exceed $50,000.

“We feel pretty desperate particularly at our age, on a fixed income. We don’t know what we’re going to do,” said Richard Everson.

They don’t know the cause of the slide, but they do know it is not mine subsidence. They say State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, is working to try to help them out.

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  • Joseph Puskar

    i was told to cover the yard with 20 ton gravel and 4 inches of mulch and that will subside the runoff and soak much of the rain water so it wont slide any further

    • Richard Everson

      Thank you very much for your concern and advice. We have a geo-technical engineer working on the problem and hope he can save our home.

  • Dana D

    I hope all works out in the end you have a beautiful house.

    • Richard Everson

      Dana D
      Thank you very much for your kind comment and best wishes for us.

  • Greg G.


    My family built your house. Are you aware of the easement on the next lot down the road? I believe that it might connect the storm drains from the cul de sac above your house (In Highland Pines) to Sewickley-Oakmont Road. You may want to check to make sure that if indeed the storm drain is in that easement that it is open and flowing properly. A blocked drain is what caused a major landslide in Scott Township last year.

    Just an idea worth checking.

  • jimmy

    looks like the walt to the bus stop just got shorter

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