Mudslide Forces Dallas Family to Pack Their Bags

Palmers move into hotel after engineers suggest home is not safe

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    The Palmers are in the process of moving out of their home, after engineers suggested that the house wasn't safe.

    More rain means more problems for the Palmers.

    Their backyard slipped away a few months ago when a rainstorm swallowed up their fence. A mini-mudslide pushed the remaining dirt through a large retaining wall and emptied the mud into a city park.

    Family Moving Out of Home Where Backyard Slipped Away

    [DFW] Family Moving Out of Home Where Backyard Slipped Away
    The Palmers are in the process of moving out of their home, after engineers suggested that the house wasn't safe. (Published Thursday, Jan 28, 2010)

    And it's only gotten worse.

    "The backyard continues to slide away from the house and out into the city park," Terry Palmer said, standing on his porch in the 8400 block of High Brush Drive in Southwest Dallas.

    The steps leading into the backyard of his home in the 8400 block of High Brush Drive have collapsed, and dirt can be seen falling away from the exposed piers.

    "You can see these huge chunks, probably a ton a piece," Palmer said, pointing to the latest part of his yard to slide away. "And the tree just fell off the side of the hill."

    The Palmers are in the process of moving out of their home, after engineers suggested that the house wasn't safe. They moved into an Arlington hotel that rents by the week.

    "We were both nervous wrecks," Palmer said. 'What are you going to do? How are you going to get out?' That was my concern."

    The Palmers said their insurance won't cover the six-digit repair bill. They fully expect their bank to foreclose on the house, because Palmer said he can't pay his hotel bill and mortgage bill.

    The Palmers said they have tried to contact the city of Dallas and Councilman David Neumann. The Palmers said they can't get a call back from either.

    Palmer said he just wanted some advice or to ask if the city was going to fix the retaining wall that kept their backyard from sliding into the adjacent city park.

    Patricia Palmer said she remains optimistic that the house can be saved.

    "I'd love for someone to come along with their magic wand and fix it -- make my house safe and be able to stay here and make a lot more memories," she said.

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