RIVERDALE (News4Utah) – Rain from this week’s storm is threatening four homes in this Weber County town after another piece of land slid Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
Those houses are precariously perched on a saturated hillside which continues to erode away underneath them.
Cell phone video shows the original landslide back on November 19th. Since then the hillside has continued to crumble and tumble. Ben Erickson of the Utah Geological Survey and his partner arrived late Wednesday afternoon to take a look.
“We had a large chunk of landslide come down. That was at the head of the landslide,” Erickson told News4Utah. “This recent storm contributed to what happened today so weather will really increase the activity.”
The slide is just behind several homes and Erickson says it will continue.
“It’s still active,” Erickson said. “It’s still dangerous something you don’t want to get near. Something that you need to be concerned about.”
Gari Manning and her husband also stopped by to see the latest damage. She grew up in one of the houses on 600 West, the one her 65 year old mother was forced to evacuate in December.
“It’s another significant chunk that has vanished,” Manning said. “Her lower gate was gone and a portion of her lower fence was gone, well it’s hanging off….When it goes, it moves fast and it moves in seconds.”
Manning says she’s convinced her childhood home will soon go crashing over the cliff and that’s tough for everyone on this street, financially and emotionally.
“It’s devastating and it’s hard,” she said. “You know my Mom doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to recover from this.”
Some neighbors think that a broken sewer line is saturating that hillside but Riverdale officials claim natural spring water is causing the slides.