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Heavy rain hits North Salt Lake landslide area
By Rick Aaron
NORTH SALT LAKE (ABC4 News) - One week after the landslide that destroyed one house and caused 27 houses to be evacuated, the Eaglepointe subdivision was hit with heavy rain on Tuesday evening. The rain started at 6:42 on Parkway Drive and varied from a heavy deluge to a sprinkle over the next two hours.
Officials have not determined the exact cause of the August 5th slide that caused the Utrilla family's house at 937 Parkway Drive to collapse but the moisture from a strong downpour the night before was almost certainly a factor. The Utrillas were able to get many of their possessions out of the house on Monday evening.
Next door at 745 Parkway, the owner hasn't even moved in yet and is worried that he may not be able to. RJ Colosimo did not want to go on camera but gave ABC4 News a tour of his nearly completed property. Colosimo said if the hillside moves any more, his place will be "the next to go".
From his master bathroom window, he has a side view of the wreckage of the Utrilla's place and his back porch sits about 35 feet away from a 60 foot wall of dirt. A chain link fence and some concrete barriers installed Tuesday by the developer are his last line of defense.
Also Tuesday, crews at the top of the slide area on Pace Lane used a drill rig to bore down into the hill, hoping to map the layers of soil and sand down to the bedrock...information they can use to try and prevent a repeat of last week's disaster.
As of 9:30 p.m., the rain had stopped and the hillside appeared to be holding but last time it took several hours for the ground to give way so the homeowners were not out of danger and the nervous vigil continued.