Rainy conditions continue to threaten landslide

Published 08/13 2014 12:13PM

Updated 08/13 2014 05:41PM

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Clouds are still lingering over the landslide in North Salt Lake after some heavy rainfall Tuesday night.

Wednesday, with more rain expected it has everyone in the area wondering if the hillside will hold up.

“We've had people on the site all night long because of the weather,” said Assistant City Manager Ken Leetham.

One week after the massive landslide Leetham says they are looking for any movement that may have been caused by Tuesday night’s rainy conditions.

"It appears this morning though that the landslide went through the weather just fine. So no major movement,” said Leetham.

However, if there is movement the city has a response plan already in place to let residents on parkway drive know of any danger.

"We have police and public works employees who will immediately notify neighbors if people need to leave their home,” said Leetham.

Hampered by the weather leetham says it's too wet to further their work on determining what caused the landslide in the first place, but they are getting closer.

"The idea is that we would put instrumentation into the slide area so that we will know exactly what's happening within the slides. How it's moving, how wet it is. The ultimate goal of that instrumentation is to create a remediation plan,” said Leetham.

Meanwhile of the 27 homes evacuated, including the Utrilla families destroyed home, all residents have been cleared safe except two, the vacant lot next door and the house west of it.

As for the Utrilla's they remain in a model home. “The family and Sky Properties are anxious to get a building permit for their next lot and get that under construction,” said Leetham.

North Salt Lake City says choosing lot and construction should happen in the next two weeks.

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