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Residents living in sinking house still looking for help.

By Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
Published On: Nov 07 2013 08:17:47 PM CST

Dave and Becky Ahl live in a sinking house. Their home is being held up by woodblocks, jacks and cinder blocks. The city denied their claim to help them and they are looking for help save their home.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

People who live in a sinking house in Colorado Springs were denied help from the city.

Dave and Becky Ahl received a letter from the City of Colorado Springs that said it sympathizes with the Ahls' situation, but under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, it is immune from claims arising from storm water issues.

The problem started when the 100-year flood hit the Ahls' house on Sept. 11, a storm water drain overflowed and flood waters filled up the Ahls' basement, ruining the foundation.

The house is being held up by cinder blocks, jacks and woodblocks.

Dave Ahl is a retired engineer and he said his house has cracks because of the damaged foundation.

"I am frustrated and angry because this is my retirement home," Dave said.

Even though the city sent a letter saying it won't help repair the house, the city wants to fix the storm drain next to their home.

"We're trying to look at some of the smaller thing, what can we do because we don't have a lot of money," City Storm Manager Tim Mitros said.

Becky Ahl said if the city doesn't provide any help to fix their house, her and her husband may take legal action.

"I don't want the city to push back at us where we have to hire an attorney, we may have to," Becky Ahl said.

The Ahls said their home's value has dropped almost $100,000 and it is sinking by the day.

The city said it would cost more than $1 million to fix the storm drain next to the Ahls' house.

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