More homes evacuated in Cascade Shores |

More homes evacuated in Cascade Shores

A long crack was noticed along the back of a property on Pasquale Road in Cascade Shores Sunday, prompting voluntary evacuations in the area.

“This is why I’m evacuating today,” Cascade Shores resident Toni Hoig said as she pointed out a long crack in the ground behind her home Sunday afternoon. “This is why my house is in Jeopardy.”

Hoig was one of at least two more homes in Cascade Shores to have voluntarily evacuated after continued subsidence in the area has made the ground increasingly unstable.

A call had come in around 11 a.m. for emergency response to aid in the evacuation of Hoig’s home on Pasquale Road after a geologist suggested to the resident that she should not stay there.

This follows an earlier evacuation that was recommended for a few residents on neighboring Mountain View Drive, Feb. 20.

“Three homes right along Pasquale are having settling,” Cascade Shores resident Steve Gallisdorfer said Sunday afternoon. “Doors aren’t closing right now, people’s decks are uneven, one had a water pipe pull apart a couple of days ago. It slipped apart, a plumber was saying.”

Gallisdorfer, who opted to stay home during the first evacuation, explained that this area of Cascade Shores had been hydraulically mined very heavily in the past, and that the ground occasionally breaks off of the hill and into the canyon below.

His home is far enough away from the edge of the hill that he believes his home is safe. Homeowners such as Hoig however, have not been as fortunate.

Hoig, visibly and audibly distraught over the situation, awaited the arrival of Red Cross along with members of the Grass Valley Fire Department, who showed up to make sure she was OK.

“Numerous houses are experiencing changes,” Grass Valley Battalion Chief Steve Smith said. “Another (household) on Mountain View left on voluntary evacuations.”

Responding Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Cross did not want to comment on matter, but did indicate that there was no danger to the surrounding houses at the time.

Further down the hill, Gallisdorfer says some cracks in the ground have gotten really wide and estimated them at 18 inches wide, 4 feet deep, and 15 to 30 feet long.

Hoig claims that the view of the sky from her back deck has gotten clearer since trees have slowly been falling down along with portions of the hill.

“There’s some big ones,” Gallisdorfer said of the cracks in the ground. “But they’re not near homes.”

To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez email, or call 530-477-4230.

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