In New Town, a lake wall is failing. Residents who live along the water say their houses and yards are cracking.

By on September 14, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The retaining wall around a New Town lake is failing — that is not in dispute.

The rocks are separating and appear to be pulling away from the shore. Homeowners along the lake blame the wall for causing cracks in their houses and yards, claims the lake’s developer disputes.

The city agrees the wall is a problem. It has cited the developer, New Town Gateway Commercial LLC, and ordered the wall be fixed, but to no avail.

As a court date looms Tuesday, the third scheduled pertaining to the wall, residents are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of repairs and growing damage to their houses.

“I’ve lost track of how many cracks are in my house,” said Cindy Dutton, who lives in the 4000 block of Hempstead Street along the lake in a house built two years ago. She’s especially concerned about cracks in her foundation, and said she notices more cracks throughout the house after a big rain when the rock wall shifts. An upstairs door won’t shut, likely because of the settling, she said.

And there are safety worries. As a girl jumped into the lake from the wall this summer, rocks separated below her and her leg slipped between them, Dutton said. She suffered scrapes and bruises. Dutton said her children no longer are allowed to play in their backyard, where the soil is cracked.

“It’s difficult to walk out there, and you feel like you’re falling toward the lake,” she sad.

Her neighbor, Greg Maddock, also is having problems. The backyards of their homes are short, and abut the lake’s shore.

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