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UPDATE: Cleveland woman's yard disintegrating after construction

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Part of a yard was washed away in Cleveland more than a year ago after construction work. It's never been fixed and is causing some big problems for the homeowner.
After reaching out to 3 On Your Side, a construction company now promises to fix everything by next month.

Jo Ann Hawkins' back yard has been disintegrating for more than a year. A new home development in her Cleveland neighborhood created a steep drop-off in her back yard.

It continues to wash away with each rain, and has caused her to lose more than 800 square feet of property.

"That's bought and paid for property that's been thrown away," Hawkins told Eyewitness News.

Hawkins and Bradley County Commissioner Bobby Goins reached out to 3 On Your Side last October.

"Everything's still the same. Actually, it's a little worse," Goins said of the eroding property.

The neighborhood developer, Renner Realty, told Eyewitness News they hired an engineering company to find a fix for the problem. Goins has reached out to state agencies and lawmakers for help.

"This could cause her whole back yard to cave in," Goins said.

The owner of Renner Realty told Channel 3 on Monday that repairs have taken longer than expected due to a wet winter.

Since our last report, the company hired two separate engineering firms that have proposed building a retaining wall to stop Hawkins' yard from washing away.
They hope to start repairs in the next 7-10 days after meeting with neighbors this week to discuss repair plans.

The retaining wall is expected to be built by April 1st.

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