North Salt Lake residents return home, but still feel on edge

Published 08/06 2014 11:12AM

Updated 08/06 2014 05:22PM

NORTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah  (ABC 4 Utah) -  Of the 27 homeowners evacuated Tuesday the majority of them were allowed back into their homes in Eagle Ridge, but many still feeling a little on edge.

 “That landslide was a lot bigger than I imagined. I knew it was coming because I’ve lived here 9 years and seen the history of this area, but still it's scary,” said Michael Holley a Eagle Ridge resident.

Holley tells Good 4 Utah he was surprised he and his family were able to sleep in their own beds Tuesday night after being evacuated because of the massive land that destroyed their neighbor’s home.  “We were thankful we were let back in the home ...We are gonna be out of power for over a week. it's difficult you can't take a shower, can't wash clothes can't really cook,” said Holley.

The family of five is making the best of the situation, but holly says he had a weird feeling something wasn't quite right Tuesday morning when his dog started acting up. “My yorkie woke me up about 2:00 in the morning and I think she sensed something going on, the energy of the mountain beginning to move,” said Holley.

 A few hours later that feeling became a reality. “I saw the slide first and I was like wow and then I saw the home and I was like this is serious,” said Holley.

Although the Holley's were allowed back home there are four more residents still displaced. North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave says they have taken steps to help but the responsibility isn't necessarily the cities. “The developers stepped in and have helped all of these families that have been displaced,” said Mayor Arave.

Meanwhile Holley says he is grateful the house they call their dream home is still standing. “We've raised our kids in this home and we're thankful Mother Nature obviously she can be a awesome force,” said Holley.

The City of North Salt Lake called Red Cross to assist those who are still evacuated. However the question remains as to how soon they will be able to return home as well.

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