FOLLOWUP: Homeowner responsible for damaging Indian Trail arrested
The homeowner responsible for damaging the “Sunset” portion of the Indian Trail in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood was arrested Tuesday morning (July 16), and all work at his home has been stopped.
Excavated dirt was being piled so high on the trail that it was covering up utility boxes, damaging vegetation, and soil was falling down the hill towards other homes. All this was apparently done without the proper permits.
This all started when resident Terry Haigh wrote a Letter to the Editor to the blog about this issue; as we previously posted, Haigh asked in his letter:
“…why would the City of Burien give a permit to a land owner so the she or he can expand the property line further out and alter the Indian Trail? Not only that but as you can see by the pictures there has to be almost 5 to 8 yards of fresh dirt brought in. The natural balance of vegetation that holds the hillside together has been destroyed under this large amount of dirt and there appears to be no effort to replant the area. When the winter season comes it will be a large muddy mess and could spell potential hillside collapse endangering the people below and the integrity of the land owners houses above.”
Here are some photos Haigh provided showing the damage the excavation had caused: