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Several Squirrel Hill homes evacuated due to landslide risk

Jacob Tierney
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Emergency crews outside three Squirrel Hill homes that were evacuated due to landslide risk Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

The residents of three houses in Squirrel Hill have been forced to evacuate their homes Thursday because of a landslide risk, according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI .

The hillside behind the houses on Rosemont Lane shifted recently, and city officials told WPXI said the homes could fall victim to a landslide.

It is unclear what preventative measures can be used, how long they will take, or when the families will be able to return to their homes.

There have been hundreds of landslides over the last year triggered by record-setting rain in 2018. Allegheny County estimated slides caused $21.7 million in damage in 2018.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied a request to declare the landslides a disaster, but this week made $10 million in hazard-mitigation grants available. Municipalities across the region will compete for a cut of the money, which won’t be available for at least 18 months.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.