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By Jeff Pack

Homeowner says county, developer to blame for damage


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 5:45pm

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Eric Kincheloe says the heavy rains Feb. 14, combined with increased water amounts directed into the creek that runs through his property and the poor design of the culvert near his property has contributed to the creation of this growing small canyon on his property. He says erosion caused by the redirection of water flow caused six trees to topple into the creek.

When Eric Kincheloe and his wife moved to Monte Verde Road in unincorporated Temecula three and a half years ago, the Morgan Hill development had been there for more than a decade, and they knew two more developments were going to be built around their rural home.

What they didn't anticipate is the 2.5 million cubic feet of soil that Kincheloe said was removed from his property during the heavy rains Feb. 14, due to what he said was the mis-engineering of a culvert that he said was built against the recommendations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"The culvert is causing hydromodificat...

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