Edge Homes responds to April 22 landslide that caused the destruction of two homes
DRAPER, Utah — Edge Homes, the developer of two Draper homes that were destroyed in an April 22 landslide, released a statement on Monday that provided little insight into what caused the two houses to crumble.
“The events of last Friday night and early Saturday morning were shocking,” said the statement from Edge Homes. “As a company, we have never experienced such devastating events with our homes. More than anything else, we are incredibly grateful that no one was injured.”
The occupants of the unstable homes, which were located in the Hidden Canyon Estates development, had been ordered to evacuate months prior due to the landslide due to shifting ground and breaks in the homes foundations.
Draper City revoked occupancy for the two homes back in October 2022, a decision that Edge Homes initially fought. The company installed piers in an effort to stop the movement of the homes, but said that it become clear in December 2022 that the homes would continue to move.
Edge Homes stated that the company does not know at this time what caused the two structures to fail so completely.
“Was this a design failure by the engineers? Was this a construction failure by the excavators and retaining wall companies? Was this a combination of both, or neither?” Said the statement from Edge Homes. “We simply cannot answer these questions today. More analysis and data are necessary, but we are committed to finding the underlying cause of the problems to ensure they do not happen again.”
Edge Homes said that it is in contact with the owners of both homes, and is paying for their relocation, storage, and temporary housing expenses.
“At this point, our top priority is to take care of the homeowners who are directly affected by the slide,” said the statement from Edge Homes. “In January, we bought back one of these homes and paid the owners for various additional expenses relating to their relocation. We expect to achieve a similar, mutually-acceptable resolution with the owners of the other home in the near future.”