AUSTIN (KXAN) — The house in the middle of a South Austin street has been unstuck but is still blocking the road, Wednesday morning. Workers missed their deadline to move the house by 5 a.m., so now they must wait until midnight.
Crews were given a tight window to move the house between midnight and 5 a.m. since it is such a wide load. Some progress was made overnight, the house was moved a little bit away from a person’s driveway and is now only blocking part of the road. Pieces of the roof were sawed off to move the house away from trees and utility poles and onto the open road. The house will then make its way to Lockhart, Texas.
It’s not the first time the company has had a home get stuck. In 2010, a home they were moving was stuck on MoPac.
“I was the driver at that time, and it was raining,” Hugh Ellison III, a former employee of AAA-Austin Home Movers says. “We started moving it and I think we got stuck, [we didn’t get] too far over to the left, so we had to call to wreckers to come pull us out, it was very frustrating to me at the time.”
Ellison says he’s not surprised bad planning, on behalf of the owner, happened again.
“Just bad business practices, but as far as a person he’s okay, but when it comes to business, he’s got a problem,” Ellison said.
Nick Morphis, the owner of the company was on-site Tuesday, helping to remove the roof. We asked him about the claims of disorganization against him.
“This right here is a matter of 6 inches really, 6 inches over here, 6 inches over there, and then the [tree] knot that sticks out on both sides, that’s what we were dealing with,” Morphis said. He defends his company and says it was not bad planning.
“We [the home movers] sort of weave [the house] through, the telephone pole was about a foot too close,” Morphis says. He explains it was out of their control.
We wanted to know what the situation was with the 2010 incident and if that was the same as this most recent one.
“No, that was a whole different deal, you know that was the night of Ike, Ike came through, we don’t get a whole lot of hurricanes up here,” Morphis says. He explains the bad rain along with wet grass got them stuck.
Morphis says his company is still reputable and Austinites should still trust him and his AAA-Austin Home Movers company.
Friday morning, the home was being moved out of the Travis Heights neighborhood by the company when the home got stuck near East Live Oak and Brackenridge Street, just off South Congress Avenue.
City officials put a stop to the home movers’ work on Monday. The city said there was no permit secured to cut the tree limbs that were cut and no permit to cut pieces of the house while it was on the road.