Pittsburgh to seek federal aid to help with landslidesEdit

May 2008 - Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says he will seek federal assistance to deal with dozens of landslides in several neighborhoods.

Ravenstahl says he wants money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to buy homes or help owners mitigate the problems.

The city has identified 46 landslides that are threatening to bring down property values, ruin homes and crumble streets in 29 neighborhoods.

The city estimates it would cost at least $7.4 million to fix 24 of the landslides involving public land. There are no estimates for the remaining 22 or for landslides on private land.

The 2008 budget for the City of Pittsburgh has earmarked $200,000 for landslide repairs.