Crews removing slide-damaged Lake County homes

  • One of five homes along Lancaster Road, in the Lakeside Heights subdivision of Lakeport, that has sustained damage due to the hillside sliding.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

A mass of splintered lumber and broken stucco is all that remains of Scott Spivey's Tudor-style dream home in a landslide-plagued subdivision overlooking Clear Lake.

"It's just a shame," Spivey said in a videotaped interview with Lake County News.

A construction crew on Monday knocked down what was left of Spivey's home, which, along with 16 others, was badly damaged by a landslide earlier this year.

The crew is now in the process of removing the debris from that home and half of a duplex next door.

The damaged duplex already had collapsed. "It fell of its own accord," said Randall Fitzgerald, president of the Lakeside Heights Homeowners Association.

The other half of the duplex appears to be salvageable, county officials said.

The county ordered that the damaged and destroyed homes be abated and hired a contractor to do the work for $64,000.

Who ultimately pays for the abatements and property damage caused by the subdivision's landslides is expected to be decided in court.

The landslide damage to seven homes in the subdivision was severe enough for the county to order evacuations. It issued voluntary evacuation notices for 10 others after the ground beneath them began slipping away in March.

County Community Development Director Richard Coel said Tuesday that at least two other homes need to be torn down but they don't pose an immediate danger to people or other structures.

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