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When you have a house on a hill, you can be asking for real trouble
May 13, 2014 - Al Derrey, Riverton
It has been interesting to read about the hill slide in Jackson that has evacuated the neighborhood and threatened business down below. Some house can't be lived in.
The way I look at it, there is a reason a hill is a hill. It is not flat ground because some kind of geology or erosion has made it a hill. And when you cut away the side of it even more with road graders for construction like they did there, it is just not going to be as stable as you assume.
I hope that up in Jackson this will lead everyone to take another look at the building codes and land management regulations for building, From the pictures I've seen, I don't think anyone should be surprised that something like this happened around that area, where there have been two famous land slides (Gros Ventre and Hoback), one of them not long ago at all.
When you build on a hill like that one, you are asking for trouble. Good luck to them.