An Omaha family has been living on the edge. Since moving into a home next to Cole Creek six years ago the bank has been slowly eroding and getting closer to their house.
Nicole Carruth said, “I fear waking up and my bed is floating on top of the creek.” Clard Carruth said he’s called various agencies. Clard said, “They give out ideas for free on how to fix it and walk away. I’d prefer helping me fix the creek and save my house.”
Six On Your Side contacted the city engineer’s office and a team of local and federal inspectors looked at the Carruth's home and the creek. They determined the Carruth’s qualify for federal money distributed by the city.
City engineer Todd Pfitzer said, “Buying the property is much cheaper alternative than trying to stabilize the stream bank. It’s much more cost effective.”
Nicole and Clard are sold on the proposal for a government buyout.
Nicole said, “Absolutely allot more peace of mind.” Clard said, “I’m relieved and I feel a weight lifted.”
However government buyouts take time and the money won’t be available until next year.