Crashing Down

A house collapsed in my neighborhood this morning. Right around the corner from me. I was going to take some pictures and post them but I felt bad about getting up close and being a gawker. See, this wasn’t an abandoned / neglected house, this was a house that has been under construction for a year now. After gutting, they decided to raise the house to a lofty height, and then build a first floor underneath of it. They’d jacked it up about 15-20 feet off the ground and had it sitting on a stack of railroad ties, and then had built the framework for the first floor underneath. They had OSB on the exterior of the framing and it looked like it was ready to be wrapped with tyvek or whatever.

But at some point this morning, it all decided to come crashing down onto the street. I don’t know if they were working on it at the time or if something just gave way in the middle of the night. Seeing that house up so high on those railroad ties, I always imagined it crashing down from a strong wind, but didn’t think it’d actually happen. Either way, it was an incredibly depressing site to see, as someone had obviously spent a lot of time, money, and effort trying to return to their home. Makes me wonder if they’re going to give up and skip town now. I probably would.

6 Comments so far

  1. Laurie (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    Dude, you O.K.?

    Laurie


  2. Laureen (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 9:14 pm

    Yeah, pretty sad to see someone put all that effort and then . . . that. I have seen it happen in another place near West End. Also seen it happen with the PRC’s Gen. Taylor project a few years ago. They lost two houses in one night in a big storm. The houses were gutted and ready to be redone but the contractor failed to properly brace the structures in that state for a storm. You should take some photos. Sorry to hear of this loss.


  3. Ray (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 9:09 am

    Jeez, that sucks.

    That house behind the Parkway Bakery makes me nervous in the same way. It just looks like something teetering on a stack of lincoln logs.


  4. rcs (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    There’s some pictures on the nola.com front page…


  5. knickster9 (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:22 pm

    Down on the w’s in Gentilly, just south of R.E. Lee, by UNO, they’re putting all those houses on RR ties. But it’s temporary, while they pour ten-foot cement footings all around. That area will look like Cocodrie within a year. Those houses were built in the 50’s and a lot of them have severe stuctural damage due to sinking soil beneath. Look for more crashing homes in the near future.


  6. Laurie (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

    Why not put air bags under homes that’ll inflate upon to much

    force put pilot wheels in the houses too. It works on mars.

    Laurie



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