Utah Mudslide Destroys Home in North Salt Lake City

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A mudslide in North Salt Lake City destroyed one home and propelled evacuations of others nearby, according to NBC affiliate KSL-TV, but no injuries have been reported. Crews shut down gas and power. The destruction came after rain-saturated soil from the hill above the Utah home started piling up behind it early Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

"As I was out there, I saw the front of someone's house collapse. It was just kind of scary, but I'm glad we all got out," one resident told KSL.com

City engineer Paul Ottoson said at a news conference Tuesday that one house remains in immediate danger if it rains tonight. Ottoson says officials have been aware of the cracked soil on the hillside since last fall. He says the home developer and crews from the city removed some soil last year and were getting rid of more this week in hopes of making it less steep and alleviating some of the pressure.

Because of its position in the hills, the North Salt Lake City community has been plagued by previous landslides. In 2009, some residents lost homes to a slide that damaged buildings and sidewalks.


— Natalie Daher with the Associated Press