Riverdale landslide still unstable

Geologists do not believe landslide has stopped

RIVERDALE, Utah (News4Utah) - The landslide plaguing a bluff in Riverdale is still considered extremely dangerous nearly a month after it started. 

With three families already forced out of their homes, Dave Morgan is aware he could be next. 
 
"It is close. We are two houses from it," Morgan said. 

The land dropped 200 feet below homes on South 600 West on November 19. 

"This one just took seconds. It was really fast fast, really scary. and very dangerous," said Ben Erickson, Hazard Mapping Geologist for the Department of Natural Resources. 

That danger cannot be understated, according to an 11-page report sent to city administrators by state geologists. 

Since the first initial slide, several more have continued to expand the danger zone. 

Excessive groundwater combined with heavy watering by homeowners triggered the slide, according to the report.  

"Getting into the spring, it's going to become even more dangerous with the runoff, the snow, and the rain. It is going to continue to become a threat," said Erickson. 

With heavy water still flowing out of the base, geologists installed seven movement sensors and will be back on site next week. 

As for Morgan, he's certain his close-knit neighborhood will never be the same. 

"It's pretty sad that the three people who got kicked out of their houses are never going to come back, said Morgan.


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