Harrison homeowners to get temporary fix 9 months after mudslide

The people who live on Sunset Terrace said they are fed up nothing was done over the summer and worry the rest of the road will collapse this winter.

HARRISON, Idaho -- A mudslide damaged a home and caved in a portion of road in Harrison, Idaho back in March.

The people who live on Sunset Terrace said they are fed up nothing was done over the summer and worry the rest of the road will collapse this winter.

After it happened, Nick John said the city told him they would take care of it. 

"Nothing’s getting done with our road. I just wanted a temporary fix until next summer because I'm afraid somebody's going to fall in this ditch," John said. 

It is a ditch that neighbor's worry will only get worse as it continues to rain. Tom Enlow's home saw the worst of the damage. His driveway is completely gone, so he cannot get his pickup truck out of the hole. His garage and deck still sit on a slant. 

"It's kind of on a slant, when you get up to as old as I am, it's kind of hard to walk on a slant,” he said. "If it continues, I don't know, you know my wife is just on pins and needles and it's kind of scary for her and me too."

The City of Harrison is responsible for fixing the road John and Enlow live on. Mayor Wanda Irish said they did not have the money for a permanent fix, so the city applied for help from FEMA. She said the process is taking a lot longer than anyone thought it would. So for now, she just got approval from the city council to start a temporary fix.

"You don't think of a temporary fix, you think of a permanent fix and then when I look at the safety of the residents, then we say, ‘Ok, we've got to do something,’" Mayor Irish said. 

Irish said work on the road for a temporary fix will start Friday at the city's expense. She hopes to have that done by next Tuesday. The permanent fix though will not happen until the spring of 2018. City leaders hope federal funds will finally be available by then. 
    
As for John and Enlow, they both want this fixed as soon as possible so they can get back to what should be a peaceful retirement.

"For all of us to put our life savings in a home and retired, to have this happen, I've got one neighbor she's moving because she can't be here this winter because she's disabled," John said.

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