Thursday, May 20, 2010

What's He Building In There?

In East Austin, Texas, a man built three levels of tunnels under his house.

Austin city officials have fenced off the yard and posted warning signs at a home along Canterbury Street in East Austin. They have also shut off the utilities.

They say the reason is that the home’s owner, Jose Del Rio, dug a series of tunnels beneath his home. They go as far as 35 feet deep and are so large in places that an adult can stand up.

Neighbors say that Del Rio was former military, in his 60’s and that he lived alone. They say that he also kept to himself.

“Who knows what was going through his mind with the digging and what not,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Some neighbors told KVUE they suspect the digging began years ago, and that they grew suspicious after they saw dirt being hauled from the home at night. They say those suspicions were confirmed when the ground began caving in.

If you're a Tom Waits fan, you know where I got the title to this entry:

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