Eaglepointe Estates developer releases statement on landslide

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  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    I think some clues to the problem include: “property that was originally a gravel pit”; “[t]he reclamation of this property was performed by the gravel pit operators”; and, “[a] developer that has developed extensively in the area since 1999.”

    Reclamation of an excavated gravel pit may not be consistent with returning the ground to build-able conditions but merely covering the bare landscape with soil and vegetation to minimize run off. I wonder if the area really was a pristine construction site in the first place.

    Building on sloping sandy or rocky ground that has been the site of excavation and recent, “restoration” may not be the best idea in hind sight.

    Isn’t Travers Ridge built on a large sand dune with a thin topsoil cover? Could this event be a harbinger of more of the same? Would aerial inspection and photography have given a better analysis of the potential danger for ground shifting and settling that driving to the site, kicking the rocks and planting a stake or two?

  • Someone Pinch Me WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    There will blame enough for everyone, the responsible party is? When you build on mountain slopes or in flood plains strange things happen. Live and learn!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    I was hoping for more of a "Letter of Apology"...