Worry over landslide has Oregon City apartments on edge

City inspectors found movement in the driveway, but nothing in the building

Residents of the Forest Edge Apartments in Oregon City say the land they live on is sliding, Dec. 15, 2015 (KOIN)
Residents of the Forest Edge Apartments in Oregon City say the land they live on is sliding, Dec. 15, 2015 (KOIN)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — The threat of a potentially devastating landslide at an Oregon City apartment complex has some residents packing their bags.

But building managers say there isn’t anything to be worried about just yet.

The area around Forest Edge Apartments on Beavercreek Road has seen its share of shifting land in the past. Sliding happened at the spot around 2010, in 2011 and again in the summer of 2012.

Residents of the Forest Edge Apartments in Oregon City say the land they live on is sliding, Dec. 15, 2015 (KOIN)
Residents of the Forest Edge Apartments in Oregon City say the land they live on is sliding, Dec. 15, 2015 (KOIN)

At one point, the shifting earth prompted a precautionary teardown of some hillside apartments. Heavy rain was blamed for the movement.

Current residents say they’re experiencing all the telltale signs of yet another destructive landslide.

“Neighbors told us they got cracks in their walls and everything started to shift around,” one resident told KOIN 6 News. “I think it’s still shifting, honestly.”

A massive crack in the road has been patched up, but residents say the asphalt filling is just a Band-Aid fix.

To make matters worse, it’s the only road leading to and from some of the buildings. Staying put, at this point, is a risk some families say they aren’t willing to take.

“There’s no ambulance that can come down here or the fire department or anybody,” one resident said.

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City inspectors came out to Forest Edge Apartments on Tuesday to investigate. They reportedly found movement in the driveway, but nothing in the building.

Management has posted a letter on residents’ doors saying no evacuation orders are in place at this time, but if “we need to clear out we’ll let everyone know right away.”

In the meantime, those who can afford to have started moving their belongings out.

“I’m scared, honestly,” resident Kelsey Conger said. “I don’t know if my apartment is going to go that way, if those are going to come down on us.”

With more rain in the forecast, some residents say they don’t trust that the road outside the apartment will hold up.

City officials say they will keep an eye on things, and that an emergency plan is in place in case things take a turn for the worse.

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