NORTH SALT LAKE - The City of North Salt Lake issued a statement late Tuesday evening in response to complaints from concerned citizens regarding the devastating landslide that hit the Eaglepointe community.
The slide toppled one home and damaged part of the Eagle Ridge Tennis and Swim Club in the early morning hours of Aug. 4.
The statement, posted to the city’s website said, “The slide was a catastrophic event and the city expresses its deepest sympathy to those affected. We understand that there is significant work to be done to repair the damage which has been caused.
The statement went on to say, “The City does not believe it is responsible for or at fault for the slide. The City did not cause the slide nor could it have safely done anything to prevent the slide from occurring after it began to manifest itself.”
The city also explained the process of approval for the Eaglepointe development, claiming they had no legal reason to prohibit the development located over a former gravel pit.
While deflecting blame for the slide, the statement also acknowledged that the city might consider compensating slide victims.
“At this time no decision has been made about the use of tax dollars to directly compensate anyone damaged by the slide. If the City does decide to use tax dollars for this purpose it will not be because it believes it is legally responsible for the slide but for other reasons,” the statement said.
You can read the entire statement here.
The Utrilla family was misplaced when their home was destroyed. Eaglepointe development partners later donated a new lot to the Utrillas, while spearheading a fundraising effort to build a new home for the family.