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Mesquite homeowners: Former landfill ripping apart houses

MESQUITE — Homeowners in a Nevada community say their floors are shaking and their walls cracking as movement in a former landfill tears them apart.

Some residents of the Highland Hills neighborhood in Mesquite said about half the homes there were built inside a supposed 200-foot buffer zone surrounding the former municipal landfill.

City Manager Andy Barton told the Spectum of St. George that the city is reviewing residents’ complaints.

RFMS Inc. project manager Rick Hawes said the company built the homes about a decade ago but had no idea the former landfill’s edges stretched that far.

He said the company is willing to cooperate with homeowners and the city to resolve the problem.

An outside consulting company found that as many as eight homes sit atop the former landfill.

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