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Area home foundations suffering from drought

Ron Hollandsworth of State Wide Waterproofing talks about the process of filling and repairing a crack in a Jefferson City home’s basement. The crack was caused by the summer drought and the movement of the dirt around the foundation.

Ron Hollandsworth of State Wide Waterproofing talks about the process of filling and repairing a crack in a Jefferson City home’s basement. The crack was caused by the summer drought and the movement of the dirt around the foundation. Photo by Julie Smith.

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An exterior wall of Gail Cook’s Jamestown home shows the effects of settlement caused by multiple small cracks in the home’s foundation. The cracks, and the resulting structural damage are a result of this year’s drought.

Gail and Yvonne Cook built their home 19 years ago, but due to the recent lack of rain, the couple will have to spend thousands of dollars to fix their home’s foundation.

“My foundation settled and cracked, which let the walls of the house settle,” Gail Cook said. “We got cracks in the mortar and foundation and doors that wont shut.”

The Cooks aren’t the only homeowners in the area facing foundation instability. Lack of moisture in the ground since last winter has begun to ....

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