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LAKE WHITNEY For a while this summer, it was the most talked-about story in Texas. But while the chatter has died down over the doomed Lake Whitney cliff house, the danger most certainly has not.

'We do have a problem down here that we currently don't have the resources to correct,' said Hill County Judge Justin Lewis.

Just days after the luxury Lake Whitney home was set on fire to keep it from plunging into the lake last month, people also began talking about blowing up the unsteady cliff beneath it, so it too wouldn't fall off or injure anyone.

Rob Webb, who owned the home in question, said that idea quickly started to crumble, too.

'The problem with that was it would require $150,000,' he said, adding that no one involved in the decision has that kind of cash, and the liability and unknowns are too great.

'It's just a really strange situation there,' Webb said.

So right now, without a solution, we're at nature's mercy. The crack causing all of this is now wide enough to drive a truck through at parts, and dozens of feet deep.

The question for people around Lake Whitney isn't so much 'if,' but more 'when' is this cliff going to fall into the lake? And then the next question of course, is: What happens when it does?

'There's an engineer's report that there'd be some sort of wave if the rock was to fall off in its state currently in one large piece,' Lewis said.

He concedes that conversations on how to fix the problem have slowed, but not stalled. He welcomes any ideas.

In the meantime, water near the cliff has been roped off as a safety precaution.

'I hope we act before then, but what happens if it falls off? We're trying to prepare for those contingencies as well,' Lewis said.


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