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Homes Condemned After Landslide

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Lake Lure, N.C. Lake Lure, N.C.

Most people expected flooding after Mother Nature drenched parts of the Carolinas. But few imagined the rain could wash out a home.

"We were wondering if our house was going to be flooded," said Lake Lure Resident Kay Dittmer.

Several landslides were reported across Western North Carolina.

"This is quite unusual," Dittmer says.

As crews from N.C. Department of Transportation worked to haul away rock, mud and trees that blocked several major roadways, officials in Lake Lure examined the crumbling ground underneath a water-front property.'

'We know this area comes under stress during extreme weather events," said Sefton Abbott of Fairview, N.C.

Abbott got a call from the Lake Lure Fire Department Monday afternoon alerting him of the situation. Officials were condemning a home that suffered landslide damage, as well as the neighboring properties.

"We did everything we could to prepare for this day," Abbott said.

Abbott remodeled his vacation home soon after buying it. He says he paid close attention to the foundation.

While Abbott is hopeful that his property is okay, it's evident that his neighbor's house may soon collapse.

The fire department has also shutdown the road leading to the homes.

They won't let anyone inside either until engineers say the surrounding property is stable.

Mother Nature has caused enough damage this week, and officials don't want to risk losing what can't be replaced or repaired.

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