• Final steps taken to fix subsidence problem in Mt. Oliver


    MOUNT OLIVER, Pa. - After several long and exhausting weeks, Mt. Oliver residents saw new action and progress made Friday on the subsidence that has caused cracking at their homes' foundations.

    Channel 11's Jodine Costanzo reported the Department of Environmental Protection began pouring cement into more than 50 holes it drilled on Frederick Street and surrounding yards. Once dried, that will stabilize the ground below.

    Joseph Mester, who lives on Frederick Street, said he's now worried about the resale value of his house.

    "Nobody wants to live here anymore," Mester said.

    The subsidence affected about a dozen homes that have been condemned -- displacing families that were forced to evacuate.

    Mester said everyone on the street was forced to buy mine subsidence insurance.

    "I think it was $150 per year," Mester said.

    The DEP called the grouting the final phase of shoring up the sinkhole and said once it dries, neighbors will be standing on solid ground.

    "The issue is finally resolved," renter Walter Clifton said. "Hopefully everyone can get back to their life."

    The DEP said it should have all of the holes filled by Monday, and once that's done, building inspectors will come out and determine which homes can be fixed and which need to be torn down.

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