Landslide affecting more homes in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Several residents in the Broadmoor Bluffs area of Colorado Springs are dealing with major damage to their homes, potential landslides and not a lot of options.

One of those homeowners, Dennis Cripps is retired from Fort Carson. He’s lived in his home with his wife for almost 20 years now.

“It means that we’d have to walk away from everything and start all over again, and for me it’s a little late in the game for me to be doing that,” Cripps said.

Cripps and his wife are not the only ones. Several homes on his street are dealing with the landslide too, as they watch the cracks inside their homes get worse.

“The damage that was occurring did not meet FEMA‘s requirement for what they call individual assistance,” said Gordon Brenner, recovery coordinator for the City of Colorado Springs.

Brenner said summer rains over-saturated the ground and when that occurs the dirt becomes mobile. People like Cripps and his wife, who are not covered by insurance, could walk away from their retirement home with no money.

“We’re also working on the programs with the federal government to find ways that we might be able to purchase the land and move it into open space so it’s not dangerous for homes,”  Brenner said.

Cripps said he won’t benefit from a small business administration loan in which a homeowner would get up to $200,000 for repairs but anyone looking to apply for that loan can click here.

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