Edmonton·FROM THE ARCHIVES

Oct. 26, 1999: Landslide sends Riverbend homes into the valley

Days after a landslide sent a house that once perched on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River bank into the valley below, two more houses teetered on the edge of the same fate.

’Where do we go from here?’

From the archives: Riverbend homes fall victim to landslide

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Duration 1:33
In October 1999, two Edmonton houses were on the verge of falling into the river valley after a landslide caused one other home to crash down the riverbank.

Days after a landslide sent a house that once perched on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River bank into the valley below, two more houses teetered on the edge of the same fate.

Experts said it was only a matter of time before the other Whitemud Road homes in the Riverbed neighbourhood would go down, due to a shift in the earth toward the river.

City crews took core soil samples to figure out why the earth had shifted. But that provided little comfort to homeowners who had to evacuate their homes.

"Where do we go from here? We're staying at my daughter's just down the street right now," one affected resident said.

With their belongings in boxes, the homeowners could only wait to see if their house would be the next to go.

Once the immediate danger of the situation subsided, the two homes teetering on the edge of the bank were demolished due to damage caused by the landslide. Another four came close to falling but were ultimately saved.

Seventeen years later, the driveways of the houses that fell victim to the October 1996 landslide are still in place, leading to the steep bank of the river valley.

A current view of where the two houses once stood. (Google Maps)

In the video there are dramatic pictures of homes on Whitemud Road hanging over the side of the riverbank. The report from CBC's Serena Mah aired Oct. 26, 1999.

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