Erosion Threatens Homes in Winslow 

Some folks in Winslow are being warned about a possible safety issue.Earlier this evening town officials and residents got together to discuss the problem.Six homes on Dallaire Street that sit on a slope overlooking the Sebasticook River are in danger because of erosion.The problem began last summer when the halifax dam was breached.The heavy rains we received this summer have caused considerable movement in the soil, causing concern.The town has applied for a grant from FEMA to buy the properties in danger, and relocate the residents.In an effort to minimize the safety risk, the town hired engineers to monitor the problem.They also hope the data will help their effort to get the grant.”We’ve been getting continuous reports, monthly on the action on the bottom of the slope and the bottom of the slope is stable.” Says Frank Stankevitz, code enforcement officer for Winslow.”The town has been working diligently using this engineer information to try to put this grant together so we can purchase houses and remove the houses before they become a huge issue and be fair to the citizens so they can get the money that is due to them.” adds David Lafountain, Winslow Fire Chief. The town expects to hear from FEMA in September as to whether or not they will receive the grants. Town officials are optimistic.Meanwhile, residents on Dallaire Street are being asked to check their homes for cracks, or changes, and to notify officials if they see anything.