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Retaining wall partially collapses; family blaming Rea Road widening project.

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The Stojanovic family has lived in their Charlotte home on Twynham Lane since 1996. They say their backyard - with a pool and basketball court - was one of their favorite places until this week when a retaining wall partially collapsed.

The family believes the Rea Road widening project, which is happening right behind their property, weakening the yard and caused the collapse.

"I'm afraid. I've cried all I can cry. I've called everyone I can call. I need answers. I need help" Tiffany Stojanovic told WBTV.

Stojanovic said she heard a loud noise Monday afternoon and "I looked out the back door and I saw this and I immediately got sick."

The retaining wall, which the family said they paid a company $97,000 to build eight years ago, had partially collapsed. Stojanovic said they never had any issues with the wall or the backyard until after crews started working to widen Rea Road in 2012.

They say they started noticing cracks in the basketball court and "you can sit outside and you can watch the water in the pool jump and bounce to every vibration. You can go in our home, put your hand against the wall and feel it vibrating" said Stojanovic.

But it's the partial collapse of the wall that has the family nervous.

"Just after this happened we also noticed the lining of our pool is also tearing away which scares me to death" said Stojanovic. "It makes me think - well does that mean the pool is following."

They're worried about the house's foundation.

"I don't know how much time. Will the next rain really do this in?

So Stojanovic called Charlotte's Department of Transportation but she said " I can't get a response from anybody. Nobody is acknowledging."

Stojanovic said she then went online and found the name of the lead engineer for the Rea Road widening project.

She said she called him and the engineer came to see the damage but told the family the problem was the wall, not the road construction.

According to Stojanovic, the engineer said "this was a faulty build. Did you build it yourself? I said no - we did not."

Stojanovic said she's wondering how can a wall  - built eight years ago by licensed professionals and passed county inspection - suddenly be a 'faulty build.'

Stojanovic said the engineer told her the family won't be able to use pool, and they should hire a contractor who is qualified to fix the damage.

Stojanovic said her homeowner's insurance should not have to pay for damages she believes resulted from road construction.

She wants answers from the City of Charlotte.

"I can't spend who knows how long like this or possibly worst" Stojanovic said.

WBTV contacted a spokesperson for Charlotte's Department of Transportation who told us we had to call the City's Risk Management Department.

A Charlotte spokesperson, at 4:48 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, emailed WBTV to say "unfortunately, we're unable to get anyone available on camera this late in the day."

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