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Alton man fears home will slide down cliff during every storm

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Tyrone Rice's home is sliding down this cliff, caused in part by December 2015 flooding. (Credit: KMOV) Tyrone Rice's home is sliding down this cliff, caused in part by December 2015 flooding. (Credit: KMOV)
ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

When it rains, most homeowners are worried about severe weather damaging their homes. For a Metro East man, rain alone is cause for concern.

Every time it rains, his home begins to slide down a cliff.

The homeowner says he lost a huge chunk of his land when the December, 2015 floods came. His house sits on a cliff along Forest Avenue near Hollywood Avenue in Alton, Illinois.

The owner thinks the city is responsible for the condition of his property.

“I reached out to News 4 because I have been trying for the longest since Dec. 26 to resolve this issue,” Tyrone Rice, the homeowner, said.

The owner says the condition of his land is only getting worse. He said he has lost about one-fourth of his land. His backyard use to have a gradual slope and now it’s a steep drop.

Rice says each time it rains, he wonders if his home will slip off the cliff.

“My house is in jeopardy of sliding down this hill here,” Rice said.

Recently he says it's gotten even worse. But this fear didn't come until a mudslide occurred during the December, 2015 floods.

“All the water was coming down the street coming across my property,” Rice said.

Rice also believes the slant of Forest Avenue continues to push rain water over into his yard. It's a concern he says he brought to the city back in December, and he says they are taking too long to act.

“This is one of many slides we have had due to horrible storm that we had,” Robert Barnhart, Alton Director of Public Works, said. “We have been trying to repair our rights of ways.

When it comes to Rice's concerns, Barnhart says that's an issue that must be addressed by the city engineer.

“I understand the frustration and we have to be patient and work together and understand that we don't have unlimited resources,” Barnhart said.

He says a lack of city resources is causing a delay, but they're doing the best they can. A meeting is now scheduled Friday morning with Rice and city officials to come up with a solution.

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