Logan Public Works Director Mark Nielsen was placed in charge of the Island landslide scene as of Sunday morning. Efforts have moved from a rescue to a recovery mode following the slide that caused a home at 915 E. Canyon Road to collapse, likely trapping a 39-year-old woman and her 12- and 13-year old children dead inside. Making sure no one is harmed while excavating and recovering the bodies is the first priority, Nielsen said. He said he had no warning about the landslide, but there are a lot of springs above the canal on Canyon Road and there have been drainage problems with water running down into neighborhoods at times. He said the canal is shut down and will be until the problems are resolved. Local officials are meeting with those from the canal company and the Utah Department of Transportation on Monday to decide how to work with wells to provide water for farmers and others depending on water from the canal. Nielsen also addressed the media Sunday afternoon. Click here to listen to the Mark Nielsen press conference from Sunday afternoon.
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