Neighbors are rallying around a family that wants to leave their house after a mudslide came too close to destroying their home.
Residents who live on a private road off Highway 24 in Cascade near mm293 are fighting to fix the road so the father and daughter can move out.
Raging waters the 21-year-old daughter calls the Waldo Canyon River of Death.
Mike Anderson has lived in the Cascade neighborhood for 14 years and has never seen anything like this. His neighbor has lived there 27 years and says the same thing.
Anderson lives just below the Waldo Canyon burn scar. Water and erosion came crashing down the mountain during a thunderstorm Monday.
Mud and debris rushed into his home, piling up well over a foot high.
"There’s so much dirt and water coming down. You take a shovel, it's just right full again with sand, so you're just exhausted,” said Mike Anderson.
Anderson and his daughter say this is worse than the fire.
"It's devastating, I've got to leave that's all there is to it,” said Anderson.
Now he and his daughter want to move out before another storm hits. But they can’t, because the only road they can take to leave, was destroyed by the raging mudslide.
"We can't get out, we can't get our vehicles out, we can't get up, we can't go to work,” said neighbor Kathy Stults.
Neighbors worry for the family whose biggest fear is that more erosion could wipe out their house, collapsing it. And then that debris and destruction would travel downhill and damage the other three houses on the hill.
"That's the most frustrating part when you can't leave and you know that the house could go at any time,” said Anderson.
Neighbors are begging for public agencies to step in and help out.
The county says they can’t fund to fix the road because it’s private.
But El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark tells 11 News they’re working with other agencies to get the problem solved. Tuesday crews were already on scene assessing the damage of the road and to come up with a game plan on how to get funding to fix it.
Neighbors also hope they can get assistance from engineers on how to reconstruct the road that wasn’t built to standards.
Then the goal is to get funding or assistance so they can take part in mitigation efforts to redirect the water so when it does come rushing down it won’t affect any houses.
The biggest focus is getting the Anderson family moved out. Then they hope to do the rest. The Andersons say they will never go back to that house, because they know the risk will be there for years to come.
Anderson says they have taken part in mitigation efforts, years before, and even now after the Waldo Canyon Fire. It’s scary and frustrating to him that this still happened.
Neighbors say they have been trying since they were allowed back into their homes to get assistance. They are frustrated they are now being reactive not proactive, but they hope to get the problem solved soon.
The Anderson family plans on staying in the house in the upper level for Tuesday night. They hope to get a truck there Wednesday and move out their precious belongings.
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