Riverdale landslide grows, now 'right up next to' garage

A Weber County landslide has chewed more ground, and is just several feet from a structure high atop a newly contoured cliff. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — A Weber County landslide has chewed more ground, and is just several feet from a structure high atop a newly contoured cliff.

Now, people on the other side of 600 West near 4800 South in Riverdale may face the same prospect as their neighbors, those closest to the slide, who were forced to evacuate months ago.

“We’re just getting an emergency plan, a secondary plan of where we would go,” said Tyler Butterfield, whose home is across the street from the houses sealed off with chain link fence.

He’s heard sobering words from the city.

“They said ... if they have to cut off the utilities, then we would have to evacuate also,” Butterfield recounted.

On Friday, he went to take a closer look behind one of the homes.

“It’s right up next to the garage,” he said.

Amber Gallegos, who had to evacuate months ago, took new photos of the disappearing landscape, and there’s word neighbors have contacted lawyers to take possible legal action.

But who to sue, over a slide, the city has maintained was caused by a natural spring?

“You wouldn’t be surprised if it continues its march?” 2News asked Riverdale City Manager Rodger Worthen.

“Correct,” he replied. “That’s a very difficult situation in the sense that it steep, and it needs to reach an angle of rest, and until it does, it’s going to keep advancing.“

Worthen said the city has been getting regular updates from the Utah Geological Survey.

Until a day ago, Tyler Butterfield had a ‘for sale’ sign on his home. He said he received some nibbles, but buyer prospects pulled back under the gravity of what’s happening across the street.

“It’s stressful, because we don’t really know what our future is going to be,” he said.

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