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Landslide between homes continues to grow

Updated: The Austin Ridge Homeowners Association will have a town hall meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the landslide. Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Dudenhefer, Rev. Mark Miller of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, and the two affected families will be attending to answer questions. Send any questions to in advance of the meeting, which will be held at the Austin Ridge Community Center, 31 Bounder Drive Anthony Burns Elementary School, 60 Gallery Road.

You can see both the deck and the patio are still falling. From the "Stafford Help for Landslide Victims" Facebook page.

Since Friday, homewoners in the Austin Ridge subdivision say the Earth is continuing to move behind their condemned homes. A deck and patio are now falling into the massive hole created by the landslide, which has grown over the past two weeks. Homeowner Dan O’Leary said he spent several hours Saturday detaching parts of the deck from the house to keep it safe as long as possible.

Ebenezer United Methodist Church’s Landslide Disaster Relief Fund has accrued about $10,000 over the past week. The families say costs to repair the land will be tens of thousands of dollars. No insurance covers such an incident in the area, they told me last week.