California homes are sinking into the ground one by one and unless the mystery of the sinking homes can be solved, more and more homes are in danger and insurance companies will not help until someone can figure out what is going on. With no answers by government officials or geotechnical companies, homeowners are now wondering whether something else is going on. The homeowners are “so perplexed they also talk about the land being haunted and are considering asking the local Native American tribe if the hilltop was an ancient graveyard,” reported USA Today on May 11, 2013.
“We want to know what is going on here,” says one of the homeowners, Scott Spivey. Scott Spivey is a former city building inspector and used to live in his four-bedroom, Tudor-style dream home for 11 years until the ground moved and collapsed his home.
“Someone said it must be hexed,” said Blanka Doren, a 72-year-old German immigrant who invested her life savings into a house that has been reclaimed by the land.
“It’s a slow-motion disaster,” said homeowner Randall Fitzgerald, a writer who had bought his home in the Lakeside Heights project just a year ago.
The Lakeside Heights project is a subdivision located in Lake County, Calif., which is approximately 100 miles north of San Francisco.
In March, one of the homeowners in the subdivision noticed at first cracks that were moving along the walls. The cracks turned into gaping fractures and within two weeks, the garage moved away from the house and the entire property, “manicured lawn and all,” dropped 10 feet below the street.
Shortly afterwards, the houses on both sides also collapsed as the ground moved them away.
In April, another one of the homeowners in the subdivision noticed that there was a problem in his house. He could see light between the wall and floor of his bedroom. A geotechnical company which he contacted offered no solutions and in one week, the ground moved his house and it was gone.
By now, eight homes in the subdivision have moved and collapsed and 10 more homes are under an imminent evacuation notice. Mail delivery to the area has been suspended. According to Public Works Director Scott De Leon, if his crews cannot stop the moving earth from collapsing homes, all 30 homes in the subdivision will have to be abandoned.
Unlike sinkholes in Florida, the homes in the Lakeside Heights project are not swallowed up quickly into a hole in the ground but are moving and collapsing slowly with the ground.
What is known so far is that groundwater is bubbling to the top of the hill where the homes were built 30 years ago. What is not known, however, is why it is happening.
“Officials believe water that has bubbled to the surface is playing a role in the destruction. But nobody can explain why suddenly there is plentiful water atop the hill in a county with groundwater shortages.”
“That’s the big question. We have a dormant volcano, and I’m certain a lot of things that happen here (in Lake County) are a result of that, but we don’t know about this,” said Public Works Director Scott De Leon.
Lake County consists today of homes, farms, wineries, and several Indian casinos. Originally, Lake County was shaped by earthquake fault movement and volcanic explosions that helped create the Coast Ranges of California.
Because of its geological history, authorities and homeowners are wondering whether cracks have opened below their hilltop and are allowing water to seep to the surface softening the ground to such a degree that it began to move the homes.
However, since neither public officials nor geologists seem to be able to provide any answers for the mystery of the sinking homes in California, homeowners are starting to look elsewhere for answers – a haunted ancient graveyard, the land doesn’t want the homes to be there so it is moving them, or that the homes are simply “hexed.”