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Landslide destroys 1 Utah home; more than 20 evacuated

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The Deseret News, Ravell Call / AP

A home is destroyed following a landslide in a hillside community of North Salt Lake, Utah, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — North Salt Lake officials say more than 20 homes have been evacuated following an early morning landslide that destroyed one hillside home.

City engineer Paul Ottoson said at a news conference Tuesday that one house remains in immediate danger if it rains tonight.

Nobody has been injured.

Ottoson says officials have been aware of the cracked soil on the hillside since last fall. He says the home developer and crews from the city removed some soil last year and were getting rid of more this week in hopes of making it less steep and alleviating some of the pressure.

City manager Barry Edwards says nobody expected the major rainstorm that fell overnight, but he says the city sent homeowners a letter this week recommending that they protect their valuables.

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