As if shriveled crops, dead fish, water rationing and brown lawns aren’t bad enough, some residents across the Midwest and South are seeing the drought in their own homes as foundations shift in dried-up soil.
Sometimes they’ll even hear the shift.
“We will get calls where homeowners hear a loud pop,” John Clark, general manager at Indiana Foundation Service, told NBC News. “They’ll explain that they’ve heard the house move.”
Adding insult to injury, insurers typically consider such damage an “act of God” and thus homeowners are on the hook for funding repairs.
Clark said drought-repair business in and around Indianapolis is booming, with calls almost doubling in the last month and his crews doing about 10 home repairs a week.