Landslide in Grants Pass affecting families

Grants Pass, Ore., — “Kinda got lucky that there was no house being built there, because that would have been devastating to everybody.”

Realtor Chris Barnett had a deal for this property on Poplar Drive in escrow when a landslide hit Tuesday.

“We saw your news broadcast last night, and saw our sign in it, and were like what property is it? And it was the one on Poplar.” said Barnett.

Fortunately, construction on the empty lot hadn’t begun.

But now the owner has to clean up the mess.

“The owner took it off the market today, is going to clean up the land, cause the house next door to it was the one that got damaged and he’s going to build a house on it, and sell it in the summer time.” said Barnett.

Meanwhile, the Grants Pass Department of Public Works says it can’t do much about the slide damage right now.

“We’re waiting for the weather to dry out a little bit, we would like to be able to get in and do a full assessment once the land that slid has stabilized.” said Public Works Director, Jason Canaday.

But it is doing its best to help the families affected in the meantime.

“We’re trying to assist them with making sure they have somewhere to stay, we allowed them some time to get into their houses, get some clothing and some of their important items back out.” said Canaday.

NBC5 News Weekend anchor and reporter Nicole Stein was born and raised in Orange County, California. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Mass Communications. While at Arizona State, Nicole was a reporter for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS8 and interned for three local radio stations. When she isn’t reporting, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as dancing, reading and traveling.

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