Resident complaints about canal problems

While others attempt to find the bodies of a mother and her two children assumed to be dead, some residents living in the area of the Canyon Road home where a landslide struck on Saturday are speaking out. The landslide totally destroyed the home where the family was living and seriously damaged several others causing multiple evacuations.Some Island-area residents claim there have been problems with the canals for years. Jlene Hansen claims her complaints in the past have fallen on deaf ears.”We were told in the past that, basically, buyer beware,” Hansen says. She went on to say that they were told, when they purchased their home, that these canals have had historical precedence. “A canal company has a right of way through our property where the canal goes,” Hansen said, “but in 18 years we have never really seen the canal company come through and do any maintenance or do any regular checks on it.”Logan City Public Works Director Mark Nielsen, meanwhile, claims that Logan City had no warning about the landslide but there are a lot of springs on the hillside which have had drainage problems, with water running down into neighborhoods at times.”We had identified some private property that had some springs that they were piping and we had tried to work with the owners to try to get some of that stuff repaired,” Nielsen says, “but it was really outside of our control because it was private property and private water and so we weren’t really able to do what we’d like.” There has been much confusion over the last few days as to who exactly is responsible for the canal, the springs, the hillside and the safety of the residents in the area.”And so from that stand point that comes back to the city which is why we’re doing everything we do and why its kind of a gray line,” Nielsen continued. “The canal company’s responsible for the canal but if its impacting residents, the city should be involved because it’s responsible for the health and safety of the residents.” Nielsen says the canal is shut down now and will be until the problems are resolved. He said local officials are meeting with representatives from the canal company and the Utah Department of Transportation to try to come up with a way to work with wells to provide water for farmers and others that are depending on water from the canal. Officials have also urged Logan City residents to

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, particularly on their lawns.

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