LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – It took over a month, but a report now explains why some basements sank and other basement walls tilted in the 500 block of North Plum Street.
The report comes from an engineer hired by Lancaster.
“There are two below ground anomalies that they believe are naturally occurring,” Lancaster Chief of Staff Jess King said. “These are part of the bedrock of limestone changing over time.”
In August, seven properties on North Plum Street were condemned.
The report states that three properties right above the problem are at further risk of damage unless the problem is corrected, and the fix figures to be costly.
Residents in the other four properties aren’t much luckier. The city says those residents need to fix cracks in walls and agree to regular monitoring, which also could be costly.
“It’s going to be a determination of those residents and homeowners whether or not it’s something that makes sense at the end of the day,” King said.
King said the city has no further obligation for testing or correcting the problem since it’s on private property. The city believes the problem is isolated to those properties.
“It’s something that’s not their fault,” King said. “At the end of the day, it’s a very unfortunate circumstance.”