The Lees, who have been living a nightmare on Pine Street for over a year now, have added another problem to the list — a water leak.
There are five houses beyond a slide that happened in March of 2012 that has deteriorated to the point the road had to be closed. Now the residents, except for Ray Hensley, who has been issued a four-wheeler by the City of Logan, walk back and forth to their vehicles and carry things back and forth from their homes as necessary.
Mrs. Debbie Lee says she has been having trouble with the water at her home for the past few weeks. She says there is a water leak where the slide is and they first thought it was mountain water. Then, they called the City of Logan Water Company, who tested it, and found it to be city water.
That employee was Pete Brumfield. He said the water leak wasn’t a bad one and they first tried to dig by hand to try and repair it, but were unsuccessful. They brought a piece of equipment up, but later decided the area was far too unstable and removed the equipment.
“That area is a rock bed and the hill is already slipping,” said Brumfield,” If we disturb the area, the slip may get worse and everything could end up down on the railroad track. It would also put our workers at risk if we dig in that unstable area. It just isn’t a good situation there for anyone.”
Brumfield was headed back up to Pine Street to check on the dirty water situation. He did say Mrs. Lee told him the water was rusty at times, but said he was going up to talk to the Lees.
Logan Mayor Serafino said, “With the slide there, digging around it could make it worse. It is too dangerous to start digging where the slide is. If the water line breaks all the way, we have a plan to fix it. The Lees do have water, but if that changes, we will have to address it.”
The mayor was going to make some calls to find out about the water having dirt and rocks in it. He said he hadn’t heard about that.
The families who live beyond the slide at Pine Street are waiting on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make a decision which will allow the City of Logan to buy their property and close the road permanently.