Bellevue mudslide breaks through home, filling bedroom with mud

(Source: Hilary Colborn)
(Source: Hilary Colborn)

BELLEVUE, KY (FOX19) - The wettest year on record in Cincinnati has turned dangerous for families in Northern Kentucky.

"I went out to see what was going on, and they told me the hill had come away, I had to evacuate," Bellevue, KY resident Helen Speakes told FOX19 Tuesday.  The day before, a massive force of mud and trees collapsed on the hill behind her home, and the other condominiums on Rossford Run.

One unit was virtually destroyed when the mudslide finally pressed up against a home so forcefully that it broke through the exterior wall, leaving a family's bedroom full of mud.  The elderly couple was home when it happened, and called 911, says Capt. Adam Hall with the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department.

"This was the worst mudslide that I can remember. We've had others but none that's collapsed an entire rear of a house," he said.

Tuesday, three units were deemed unlivable, two because of damage, and one because in order to begin to dig out, utilities to part of the complex had to be turned off.

FOX19 spoke with the son of the couple whose home was destroyed.  He said his parents could have easily been hurt by the mudslide had they been in that part of the house, and he was not comfortable with the thought of them going back to their home even after the extensive repairs are complete.

Capt. Hall said it will be a long process to clean up the mess and try and get the hillside secure enough to prevent this kind of damage from happening again.

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