A crew was called in to pour 4 feet of concrete into the basement, covering the washing machine and everything else down there. That’s just to stabilize everything enough to permit removal of upstairs furnishings and appliances.
A renovator’s attempt to lower the basement has proved disastrous. The compromised structure probably cannot be saved.
Will the other half of the semi-detached home go, too? Almost certainly, the shoring-up crew said. Economics, if not engineering, will likely demand a complete teardown and rebuild.
Lower right: A Global TV news team waits to interview one of the affected occupants. The story will be aired tonight, no doubt.