NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Help is finally on the way for dozens of homeowners whose houses have been sinking for years in the Westville section of New Haven. Now, the state is stepping in with some money to help.
"All the surfaces are crooked," said Melanie Stengle, a homeowner.
It's visible from the roof, steps, and garage door. The home, built just after World War II, is sinking.
"I said one of these days if it doesn't get fixed, I can have one of those mystery houses people go to on vacation where you watch the water go up hill," said Stengle.
Her house is one of about 40 to 70 in the Westville section experiencing similar problems. It's a story News 8 has covered for years.
The water table underneath homes has gone up, causing the homes to sink down.
"It's been since 2005," said Bridge Gardner, a homeowner. "Long time. The doors are not level, the floors kind of lean."
It's not just the homes in this sinking situation, neighbors say there was once a sinkhole eight feet deep nearly lining the entire road.
Now, there is some help with $1.5 million available to help fix sink holes and sinking homes.
"Each house has been affected differently. That's why we're going to have an inspector go in to every home that's identified as having issues and make sure the issue is really related to this and not just regular wear and tear on the house," said Carla Well, Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund Director.
"I had the house inspected twice before I bought it, there wasn't a problem when I bought it. Now I have cracks in the foundation that are four inches wide. I had to have the gas disconnected because the pipes were at such an angle it became dangerous," said Stengle. "It would be nice to just have a regular, straight up, ordinary house."
There will be an informational meeting for people in the Westville section of New Haven with questions about their homes. The meetings will be held August 14 and 28 at 6 PM at the Mitchell Library.
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