NORTH SALT LAKE – The family whose home was destroyed in the recent landslide still needs help.
Though EaglePointe Development has promised the Utrilla family a new lot in the subdivision, fundraising efforts are still going on to get the family a new house and possessions. Local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also seeking furniture and other items for the family.
The 12 people who lived in the house lost in the Aug. 5 slide lost everything they owned.
“They just ran out of the house before it could collapse on them,” said David Utrilla, the son and brother of the home’s owners. “They didn’t even have shoes.”
The developer is spearheading the new round of relief fundraising, which follows the relief fund already set up by David and his wife Krista. The goal of the new fund is to cover the cost of both a house and some of the possessions lost inside. Church groups and other community members are also continuing to assist the family.
This came on the heels of bad news from the family’s insurance provider.
“The homeowners insurance basically told them that they would not be able to help in any way with this loss,” said Utrilla.
The home was destroyed in an early-morning landslide on Aug. 5, which also threatened nearby homes. Red Cross members were the first responders on the scene after the landslide occurred.
“They made sure my family was okay with everything, and gave them supplies for the next few hours,” said Utrilla.
He also said that local LDS ward members have helped with essentials such as food and clothing in the immediate aftermath of the slide, and that the developer stepped in to provide temporary housing for the family.
Still, there’s a lot that assistance doesn’t cover. Everything in the home was destroyed, including clothing, medications and personal items. Family members will go in and retrieve items such as journals and photographs after they’re cleared to go back inside, but most of the things inside are unrecoverable.
“Our goal is to help them get their lives back,” said Utrilla.
He urges anyone interested in helping to donate to the Utrilla Family Relief Fund that David and his wife set up for his family. Donations can be made through any America First Credit Union Branch, and he said that any amount is appreciated.
According to utrillafamily.wordpress.com, a donation page is also being set up online for the house fund.
“It would really help, especially now,” he said. “We’re trying to explore every possibility.”