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Abandoned Home Is Falling Off Its Foundation & Possibly Headed For Busy Road

It's headed right for a major roadway and soon a house falling off it's foundation could become a major problem for everyone.

The Jenkins Mayor says, at this time, all they can do is wait for the house to fall.

Tina Wright has lived on Kentucky 805 in Jenkins for 7 years, but she says in the last couple of years the view from her doorstep is nothing but an eye-sore.

“I just wish they would come and clean it up now before it does hurt somebody,” Tina Wright said.

Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon says its not that easy.

He says legally the city does not have the zoning authority to tear down anything on private property, even if it is abandoned.

“If it comes off in the road the state highway department, since it’s on their property, will clean it up and haul it off,” Mayor Charles Dixon said.

Dixon says 805 is the main road into downtown so it is heavily traveled.

“Another problem is it’s in a curve as you're going up the road so that's scary,” Mayor Dixon said.

Dixon says they have not been able to track down the owner of the home to get permission to tear it down before it falls.

Wright says at the speed drivers travel down the roadway, it will be a dangerous situation when the house finally comes down.

“If it falls out in the road and somebody's coming by, it could fall on their vehicle, they could get hurt or it could actually kill somebody,” Wright said.

Dixon says he asked highway officials for signs to warn drivers of a potential house in the road.

Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon says they will continue to work on zoning so they can hopefully tear down the home on 805 before it falls.


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