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Trib Talk: Landslides and development

Tune in at 12:15 PM today to hear several geologists talk about landslides and development. Jessica Castleton, one of our geologists here at the Utah Geological Survey, will be joining the discussion. Watch this online video chat at sltrib.com. You can also join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+ or texting 801-609-8059.

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When is it safe to build on a hillside?

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Q&A — What you need to know about landslides

Q&A — What you need to know about landslides. A great and informative article from The Salt Lake Tribune. Check it out!

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3 homes still at risk from landslide that crushed home

Listen to our Deputy Director, Kimm Harty, talk to KSL about the North Salt Lake landslide.

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Three homes remain at risk from a landslide that pushed one home off its foundation and damaged a sports facility shortly before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Time lapse video of land slide in North Salt Lake neighborhood

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Holly Menino and 2News photographer Mike Stephen were the first on the scene and captured this amazing time lapse video of a land slide in a North Salt Lake neighborhood.

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Landslide in North Salt Lake August 5, 2014

Read more about the landslide that destroyed a home early this morning in North Salt Lake, and other homes that are in the process of evacuation. Two of our geologists from the Utah Geological Survey are en route. We’ll keep you updated as information becomes available.

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A home was destroyed Tuesday morning by a mudslide in North Salt Lake and the area has been evacuated as a precaution, officials said.

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Landslide hits N. Salt Lake, more than 20 homes evacuated
Residents of more than 20 hillside homes in North Salt Lake fled their houses Tuesday morning when unstable, rain-saturated soil above them began to move.

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NORTH SALT LAKE RESIDENTS RALLY TO HELP LANDSLIDE VICTIMS

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Insurance companies have given no help to some North Salt Lake residents whose homes are being destroyed by a slow-moving landslide. Nor has the federal government. But their neighbors did on Saturday — rallying with a community breakfast and fun run to raise money to help.

“I’m glad somebody — somebody — is helping. We need it,” said Stefanie Christiansen, whose home is being torn apart slowly. She, like many of her neighbors on Springhill Circle and Springhill Drive, were among the volunteer cooks and servers Saturday during the breakfast at Foxboro Regional Park.

As she was helping serve hot pancakes to neighbors paying $5 each, she said, “We really appreciate what people are doing for us. It means a lot.”

She said she and her husband bought their house on Springhill Drive in the foothills 15 years ago.

“Then in 1998, we had some movement from the landslide. Then it was fine for a lot of years,” she said. But more recently, it started moving again — about an inch a year — cracking foundations and walls, and tearing apart homes.

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CREWS PREPARE TO DEMOLISH LANDSLIDE-DAMAGED NORTH SALT LAKE HOME

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Demolition crews today are preparing to knock down a house damaged by a slow-moving landslide in the Springhill area.

City manager Barry Edwards said a recent report from the Utah Geological Survey indicated there had been “significant movement of the ground” in the past 30 days, creating additional damage to homes in the North Salt Lake neighborhood.

“There’s movement underneath the house,” Edwards said. “It’s pushing the house down the hill.”

Front pillars recently have fallen from the bank-owned home near 150 South and 400 East. In addition, the floor has buckled, and windows have broken.

“It’s getting in a position where the house itself poses somewhat of a safety hazard,” he said.

The bank obtained a demolition permit from the city, and crews were waiting for the gas to be shut off to the home before beginning demolition work.

Edwards said there are other houses in the area that are in similar condition and also should be torn down. However, owners of those homes haven’t yet said that’s what they want to do.

“We haven’t pressed (the issue) because the people who lived in those houses have already been financially stressed,” he said. “We don’t want to add any financial burden on them right now.”

According to the Utah Geological Survey’s website, the state agency has been monitoring conditions in the Springhill neighborhood since 1998. Residents first began noticing cracks related to minor movement in their homes about a year earlier.

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