Erosion Upsets Neighbors

Homeowners on a midtown Omaha street are proud of their front yards but won’t let their children play out back. A hillside is eroding and causing a tall privacy fence to be on shaky ground.

The strip of property with drainage problems is sort of a "no man’s land." It’s behind a grocery store but designated as city property. Homeowner Julie Thoendel said, “All our backyard is going to keep eroding underneath this fence then down on the property of the unknown area.” Another homeowner runs an in home daycare. Christina Kounovsky said, “I can’t let the kids out back because they’ll slide under the fence or if they push on the fence it will fall over."

After calls from Six On Your Side two city engineers inspected the strip of land. They offered homeowners tips on reducing erosion. However Julie and her neighbors said it shouldn’t be their responsibility to maintain the hillside.
Omaha’s city attorney is reviewing the city’s responsibility for the property that’s about 50 feet wide and runs between the the homes and the
grocery store.

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