Slow-moving landslide damages Oregon City home

Residents of a single family home on Trillium Park Drive have been evacuated

A landslide cracked the foundation of a home on Trillium Park Drive in Oregon City. (Oregon City)
A landslide cracked the foundation of a home on Trillium Park Drive in Oregon City. (Oregon City)


OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — There are many closure signs and traffic cones on Trillium Park Drive in Oregon City after a landslide caused the road to begin to cave.

Trillium Park Drive is closed from Swordfern Court to Canyon Court due to a landslide that also caused a water main break. The slide caused structural damage to one single family home, displacing the residents.

A large sinkhole popped up on the side of the street, a tree fell over and the sidewalk is clearly shifting. At this point, the main impact is affecting one house.

A landslide in Oregon City caused damage to these structures, February 24, 2017 (KOIN)
A landslide in Oregon City caused damage to these structures, February 24, 2017 (KOIN)

Michelle Buche, who has lived in the house for 14 years, first noticed cracks last week. Then she saw more — in the kitchen, the laundry room and the front door.

Thursday, she was told she had 24 hours to get out because the house was not safe.

“We’re trying to get enough stuff together, figure out what we’re going to do, what’s going to be first,” she told KOIN 6 News. “They’re not going to shut the electricity off yet.”

The Oregon City Public Works Department said the damage from the landslide also cracked the home’s foundation.

“The building is showing from the exterior some signs of deterioration,” John Lewis with Oregon City Public Works.

Further up the road, the problems are more visible — part of the road is caving in.

Barbara Frost examined the damage from her patio.

“When that hole kept getting deeper and deeper, I thought, OK, that’s not good,” Frost said. “There’s a big, huge crevice like coming from the tree, like the ground has separated, like, this wide.”

Despite the damage, this is considered a slow-moving slide and thus not considered a catastrophic event. It has been moving slow and steady for years.

“We’ve been watching, some of them for years,” Lewis said. “And so all of them seem to be in some form or another; active.”

Buche and her 2 roommates will be staying at a hotel for at least a night. The house’s property manager told KOIN 6 News she’s working to find them a place to go, and KOIN 6 has put Buche in contact with the Red Cross.

A landslide cracked the foundation of a home on Trillium Park Drive in Oregon City. (Oregon City)
A landslide cracked the foundation of a home on Trillium Park Drive in Oregon City. (Oregon City)