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OS woman's home headache expected to be relieved soon

Foundation cracks can be seen throughout Judy Peebles' home. (Photo source: WLOX News) Foundation cracks can be seen throughout Judy Peebles' home. (Photo source: WLOX News)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

From visible sink holes, cracks on her slab and even more cracks inside the walls of her home, Judy Peebles has slowly watched her beloved home on Hargrove Drive fall apart since July.

"First of all, my neighbor came across the street to alert us that the side of our house was flooding, and I didn't know anything about it," said Peebles.

After taking a good look, Peebles realized her problems went beyond flooding.

"Different things were happening - stress fractures were happening inside the house, walls were coming down. In the garage, my wall dropped two inches from the ceiling. It just scared me," said Peebles.

Peebles says she learned that a neighbor's water pipe burst, unloading more than 49,000 gallons of water onto her property. She considered leveling her home, but instead reached out to Structural Solutions out of Ridgeland to assess the damage.

"Usually when you get water up under the house, your foundation begins to shift. So we took some measurements of the house. She was about an inch and a half down where the water line broke," said Bryan Corkern, of Structural Solutions. 

Once the problem was determined, concrete pilings were put under the low points of the house, thousands of pounds of pressure were put on the home, then it was all lifted up with jacks to get it back to its original state.

"I can't even put into words. I'm just so grateful. I'm so grateful for everyone who helped, who helped me find them and for them coming," Peebles added.

The total damage came out to be $10,500, and the company expects to complete the work on New Year's Eve. A sump pump will be installed to pump water off the property for one year.

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