The effects of a powerful storm that hammered the area last November were still being felt yesterday, when crews began tearing down an Aberdeen house that slid off of its saturated foundation and was in danger of slipping down a steep hillside.
City of Aberdeen inspectors declared the house on the 600 block of Stewart Boulevard a dangerous building after the storm and no one has lived there since. The house and property are still owned by former resident Sharon Stanley, who now lives in Ocean Shores, said Bob Waite, director of building and permitting at the City of Aberdeen.
Waite said Stanley was given the option to have the house torn down herself, but after months of no action the city sent the project out to bid.
“Once we tear the house down there will be a lien on the property if the owner doesn’t pay us back,” Waite said. The land still belongs to Stanley.
The house was perched at the top of a steep incline, which made it difficult to access. Bill Fox, who works for Gilliardi Logging and Construction, used a backhoe to knock down the structure. Crews will spend today and Friday loading debris into trucks to be taken to Olympia.
There, recyclable items will be salvaged and the rest will go to a landfill.
“It’s pretty precarious being on top of a steep incline like that,” Fox said. “It’s a little scary.”
Stewart Boulevard is scheduled to remain closed until Friday when crews are expected to finish the project.
The two-day storm in mid-November brought high winds and saturated the ground, even causing a sinkhole in Cosmopolis. The National Weather Station at Bowerman Basin recorded 3.99 inches of rain in 48 hours and the unofficial totals were even higher in outlying areas.