By Nathan Halverson.
California’s historic sinking is starting to hit home – literally.
CBS News San Francisco Bay Area recently visited homeowners in California’s El Nido region whose homes are beginning to sink and crack.
Some affected homeowners were caught off guard, but water scientists predicted this was on the way, and it is expected to get worse throughout the summer. A Reveal story last month found that scientists believe California is sinking at a record rate due to excessive groundwater use during the current drought, now in its fourth year.
Claudia Faunt, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said she started calling businesses and state agencies such as the Department of Transportation more than a year ago to warn about worsening damage from what scientists call subsidence, but was rebuffed.