People living in Oregon City are on edge after heavy rain moved a hill in the middle of their apartment complex, forcing a road closure.
The manager of the complex contends the property is safe, but some of the people living there are still worried.
“Well the fire department and everybody was here when we all got home from work last night,” Mike Killmer, a resident at Forest Edge Apartments, said. “It was quite a shock to see all the emergency vehicles and be told that nobody could go down there below. So people panicked a bit.”
Heavy rains this month made the ground shift at the property, located on South Beavercreek Road, opening up a big crack in the road that goes through the complex.
Tenants claim there were small cracks before this, but the rain made it much worse.
City engineers were at the complex Tuesday to check the stability of the hillside.
Management sent a letter to tenants, saying the city gave them the green light to pave the crack and re-open the road.
This isn't the first time this has happened, with the complex seeing similar cracks in 2011 and 2006.
The general manager said Tuesday that a professional study shows the property is safe, but some people who live there say they want to move because the cracks keep happening.
“Every time it rains like this, like I say, it slides,” Ronnie Brown, who lives at Forest Edge Apartments, said. “This place does have a history to it. The only thing we can do is try to find another place to move to.”
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