Good Samaritans Save Woman's Home

4:47 PM, Apr 6, 2008   |    comments
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(KSDK) A Grafton woman who was pushed out of her home due to a mudslide, received some help from strangers today. Tuesday, after days of heavy rain,the hillside behind Joanne Groves home started sliding. Groves didn't have the money to remove the wet dirt and her insurance won't cover landslides. Saturday, Neal Barnes and his crew showed up to save the day and Groves home from the mud. Barnes runs a company that specializes in storm water erosion. Barnes and workers used equipment to dig out the dirt from around Joanne's house. Joanne isn't the only one dealing with the muddy mess. The landslide forced Grafton police to close part of Highway 100 that runs along the river. Joanne hopes that today's work will take the pressure of the dirt, off of her house. It's already releaving some of the pressure this ordeal has put her under. "If it wasn't for the graciousness of everybody, I don't know what I would have done," says Groves. "I still don't know what I'm doing, I would love to have a page in front of me that told me step by step what to do." Joanne is living with her daughter until she finds out if it's safe to back into her home. The city of Grafton wants to reopen Highway 100 as soon as possible. Grafton police stress that the businesses along that stretch of the scenic highway are open.


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