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Homes have been pushed off the hillsides of Utah canyons, prompting evacuations

Six months after a Utah building official revoked certificates of occupancy and issued a notice to vacate two homes in Draper, both homes have collapsed due to sliding, city officials said Saturday.

An October 2022 notification declared both houses unfit for human habitation and occupation due to hazardous conditions, which were related to earth shifting that caused the houses to slide and collapse foundations.

On Saturday morning, after two homes collapsed, engineers, building officials and public safety personnel were on the scene and determined that two additional homes — one on each side of the vacated home — should be evacuated, according to a social media post by officials. City of Draper. Residents of those homes have been notified, officials say, and are evacuating.

Other homes in the area may also be evacuated for safety.

One of the collapsed houses spilled onto the trail, prompting Ann’s Trail to be closed to public use. People are being asked to avoid the trail due to dangerous conditions.

“Our hearts go out to the homeowners involved. We are thankful that everyone is safe,” read the post.


Homes slide down a cliff in Draper, Utah on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Draper City, Utah

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