NORTH SALT LAKE – The developer of a neighborhood where one home was destroyed, and several other buildings were damaged by a landslide released a statement Tuesday afternoon.
"The slide that occurred this morning is on property that was originally a gravel pit used for the expansion of I-15 just prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The reclamation of this property was performed by the gravel pit operators prior to 1997. The area of the slide is largely owned by the city of North Salt Lake. Eaglepointe Development is a residential developer that has developed extensively in the area since 1999.
First and foremost, given the magnitude of the slide, we are truly grateful that no one has been harmed. At this point, it is difficult to determine the cause of the slide. The heavy rains certainly played some role and whether or not recent seismic activity has been a contributing factor is unclear.
We are cooperatively working with the city, our professional engineers and contractors to prevent further damage, determine the cause, remedy the situation, and we have provided housing for several of the families who have been affected.
All earthwork in the development surrounding the slide has been performed based upon standard protocols, recommendations and approvals from several independent engineering companies as we as the geotechnical engineers representing North Salt Lake.
We are cooperatively working with the city, our professional engineers and contractors to prevent further damage and to find a solution to this situation. Additionally, we have provided alternative housing for several of the families whose homes are at the base of the slide."