As recovery work continues for landslide victims, police release photos of family

The recovery effort for the three bodies buried beneath mud and debris in Logan’s Island neighborhood continues at a slow but methodical pace. Once crews clear enough debris away until they can get to the portion where the mother and her two children are believed burried, the process will move even slower.At a noon press conference, Logan City Public Works Director Mark Nielsen said that the hillside is still soggy and unstable. Crews have worked to stabilize the hill behind the home throughout the day. Crews are now at a point where they are beginning to excavate the home one bucket at at time.Also Monday, police released photographs of Jacqueline Leavey, the 43-year-old mother who is believed to have perished inside the home, and her two children, Abbey and Victor Alanis, who are 12 and 13.

Jacqueline Leavey

Victor Alanis

Abbey AlanisNielsen explained that crews will be using five gallon buckets to remove the debris, which he described as quite substantial. “There was 15 feet of soil and debris above the house,” Nielsen explained. The top of the house was knocked completely off its foundation and pushed into the front yard after a break down with the Logan Northern Canal. Water, mud and debris spilled down the hillside, flooding the neighborhood and burying 43-year-old Jacqueline Leavey, and her two children, 13-year-old Victor Alanis and 12-year-old Abbey Alanis.Much like with any tragedy, people are wondering if there was anything that could have been done to prevent this from happening. Many people in the neighborhood claim there have been problems in the past with this particular canal, even within the last few weeks.Nielsen assured reporters at the press conference today that Logan City has been aware of residents’ concerns and claimed that the canal was not always at fault for water coming down the hill. “The canal was inspected two weeks ago,” Nielsen said. He went on to explain that there are several springs along the hillside and some of those belong to private landowners.Nielsen, personally, was not aware of just how much water was flowing through the canal at the time of the landslide but did say, “canals typically are pushing a lot of water when it’s hot, like now.”Several homes were evacuated as a result of the landslide and flooding, and with the threat of additional movement those residents have not been allowed back into their homes. Those residents have been encouraged to contact the Bear River Health Department for assistance at 752-0750.

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