Falling Boulder in Barboursville Displaces Families

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Just a few days after a giant boulder fell into Tim Hart's yard at Martha Road Estates in Barboursville, contractors are telling them their worries may not be over.

Hart, his pregnant wife and one-year-old daughter have been staying at a hotel since Wednesday, when a boulder fell into their yard and knocked out power. Hart described the boulder as being the size of a truck.

Now, contractors who are cleaning up the debris say there are two more large rocks perched precariously on the hillside that crumbled just a few days ago.

"If it comes down, that's going to go straight into the house," Hart said, looking at the hillside.

Several days before the boulder fell, Hart said he sent an email to Parkland Ventures, the Virginia-based owners of his trailer park.

"I figure if I send it to the owners, they've got the final say over what gets to be done," Hart said of his decision to contact them directly. "I could skip the middle man and go straight to the top."

He never heard back from them, and a few days later, the boulder fell in the middle of the night.

The Red Cross paid for the Harts to stay two nights at a hotel, but those two nights have passed. Hart said the property owners will not reimburse them for the longer-than-anticipated hotel stay, even though he was told he could be back in his home by Friday evening.

The local property manager for Parkland Ventures wouldn't go on camera and said their priority right now is making it possible for the families to go home. He did not say how long that could take or address what the company plans to do about the remaining rocks.

The contractors at the site are using an excavator and jackhammer to remove parts of the rock and have been working from 7 a.m. until dark for two days. On Saturday, the remaining rock was still the size of a small car. Electrical power had been restored to the homes as of Saturday afternoon.

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