July 13, 2009

Fatal canal collapse triggers oversight call

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Searchers Monday began the grim task of trying to excavate the bodies of a woman and two children believed buried in a landslide that decimated their Logan, UT, home. Authorities are investigating whether the landslide was triggered when a nearby privately owned and maintained canal broke. Residents in the area charge the canal, which has caused dozens of landslides over the last century, is not adequately maintained or inspected by the group of water-rights shareholders that owns it, and are calling on government agencies to intervene and take over the inspection process. Matthew D. LaPlante and Maria Villasenor of the Salt Lake Tribune have been following the story.

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