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Mudslide concerns shore up trouble

CINCINNATI (Paula Toti) -- When you combine wet ground with the hills Cincinnati is known for, you can have quite a mess.

As anyone who travels Columbia Parkway might tell you, the problem of sliding hills has the potential to get worse in the months ahead.
 
Ann Kuehn worries about her hillside garden.   Like others with the Mt. Adams beautification society she's planted flowers and  has voluntarily cared for the city property near the steps of Mt. Adams.

Kuehn says, "People come up the steps from all over the city.  All over the world."

But she told me last summer she was watching her treasure slip down the hillside.

"I mean I'm shocked at how bad it is," she tells us.

Kuehn says the city told her last summer it would take 150,000 dollars to shore up the area.  The area that fell down the hill Sunday.  The city's Director of Transportation and Engineering told me to short up all the troubled spots would cost a lot more than that.

Michael Moore said, "To do a wall to correct would cost millions and millions and then you have the issue of what's private property and what's city."

Michael Moore says the city's best option is to monitor, "We have staff on the east side that drive it everyday and keep an eye on it and when we see a problem we pull material or let the slide happen in a way that's most safe."

Moore says the wet winter does likely mean more slides.  But it doesn't necessarily mean the worst in years.  That depends on a lot of things like the amount of water runoff at any one time.  Meanwhile Kuehn understands the reality but worries about the outcome.

"I think the thing that bothers me is that we wait for a crisis and if we don't take care of the infrastructure in the city we won't have anything left," she said.

The city says it makes sure new homes built on hillsides have special construction including piers that go into bedrock.

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