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Soil still shifing along the Hills of Rivermist
Pulte-Centex homes says the soil is still moving in the Hills of Rivermist. New reports of cracks in walls had the homebuilder back on the site with engineers, doing soil testing. The company confirms it hasn't stopped the ground from shifting along some portions of the failed retaining wall.

Soil still shifing along the Hills of Rivermist
by Joe Conger / KENS 5
 March 5, 2010
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Pulte-Centex homes says the soil is still moving in the Hills of Rivermist.

New reports of cracks in walls had the homebuilder back on the site with engineers, doing soil testing. The company confirms it hasn't stopped the ground from shifting along some portions of the failed retaining wall.

“Pulte came in with their geotechnical engineer. What they did is they put instruments all along the wall to detect if it is moving, if the soil is moving. What they found is there continues to be movement where the wall failed. Where the wall did not fail, they are not seeing any movement,” said Roderick Sanchez, San Antonio’s Planning and Development Director.

There are plenty of signs that Pulte is addressing the issue. Crews cover the top of the hill, walking on top of huge plastic-covered backyards that have slipped away. The plastic is designed to prevent further soil erosion from rain. But like everything else, residents say it’s temporary. Pulte says they'll have a comprehensive fix for the Rivermist problems to present to the cityafter spring break.

http://www.kens5.com/home/Soil-still-shifing-along-the-Hills-of-Rivermist-86674637.html

 
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