Landsliders Insurance For State Residents


LIVE FROM THE KDKA BROADCAST CENTER IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, THIS IS KDKA TV NEWS AT 6:00. AFTER SOME OF THE WETTEST YEARS IN PITTSBURGH’S HISTORY NEARLY 60 LOCAL FAMILIES HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF LANDSLIDES. INSURANCE DOESN’T COVER IT AND FOR MOST OF THESE FAMILIES THEIR HOMES ARE A TOTAL LOSS. BUT AS KDKA INVESTIGATOR ANDY SHEEHAN EXPLAINS, ONE STATE REPRESENTATIVE IS HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR FUTURE VICTIMS. Reporter: WITH RECORD RAIN SATURATING UNSTABLE HILLSIDES, LANDSLIDES HAVE BECOME AN EVERYDAY REALITY IN OUR REGION BLOCKING AND BUCKLING ROADWAYS AND TAKING HOMES OUT FROM UNDER DOZENS OF FAMILIES. OH, IT’S JUST TAKEN A TOLL ON EVERYTHING, ON OUR WHOLE ENTIRE FAMILY. Reporter: IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE THE CITY POSTED THIS CONDEMNATION SIGN ON HER HOUSE IN SQUIRREL HILL ORDERING HER FAMILY TO LEAVE, BUT EVEN THOUGH THE HOUSE KEEPS SLIPPING DOWN THIS HILLSIDE AND CHLOE ALCAREZ CAN’T LIVE IT IN, SHE AND HER HUSBAND STILL HAVE TO PAY THE MORTGAGE. PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY IS LOOMING. IT’S TERRIBLE BECAUSE WE’VE RUN THROUGH ALL OUR CREDIT, ALL OUR CREDIT CARDS. ANY DAY NOW I’M GOING TO HAVE TO DEFAULT ON SOMETHING. Reporter: FOR THIS FAMILY AND OTHERS THERE’S BEEN NO HELP AT ALL. THE CITY, COUNTY AND STATE SAY THEY’RE TOO CASH STRAPPED EVEN TO FIX THEIR OWN DAMAGED ROADS. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE TOLD THE VICTIMS THEY’RE NOT COVERED FOR LANDSLIDE DAMAGE. THE PRIVATE COMPANIES DO NOT OFFER LANDSLIDE INSURANCE. Reporter: THAT’S WHY STATE REP ANITA COOLICK IS SPONSORING A BILL TO MAKE STATE FUNDED LANDSLIDE INSURANCE AVAILABLE TO HOMEOWNERS. IT WOULD CREATE AN INSURANCE FUND AKIN TO GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED FLOOD INSURANCE. LANDSLIDE PRONE AREAS WOULD BE DESIGNATED AND HOMEOWNERS WITHIN THOSE ZONES COULD PURCHASE THE COVERAGE. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP THESE PEOPLE. IT’S TRAGIC. Reporter: THE BILL WOULD ALSO PROVIDE GRANTS AND LOW INTEREST LOANS TO MUNICIPALITIES STRUGGLING TO FIX THEIR ROADS AND SINKHOLES. COOLICK IS HOPEFUL FOR A FLOOR VOTE IN THE FALL, BUT EVEN IF IT PASSES, IT WOULD COME TOO LATE FOR FOLKS LIKE ALCAREZ WHO NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO BUY IT. YEAH. I WOULD HAVE PAID IT. IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT THAT WOULDN’T BE COVERED. Reporter: TO SAY THEIR LIVES ARE IN LIMBO DOESN’T QUITE DO IT JUSTICE. THE VICTIMS OF THESE LANDSLIDES LIVE IN SOMETHING CLOSER TOHELL, PAYING FOR HOUSES THAT THEY CAN’T LIVE IN TRYING TO KEEP THEIR LIVES TOGETHER.

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