The City of Vernon insists it’s not responsible for a slide that’s consumed part of a yard.
Earth began shifting behind a home on 18th Avenue, off Pottery Road, in April, but the ground dropped six feet into a ravine May 24.
“It’s a private property issue,” said Ed Stranks, the city’s engineering development services manager.
Some residents have speculated the slide is a result of a water main.
“There is no evidence of leakage or failure,” said Stranks.
Stranks points out that East Hill is built on clay and he believes the situation is a result of soil slumping.
“It could be the slope never stabilized or there is erosion from down below,” he said.
The city has recommended the property owner commission a geotechnical consultant. Stranks says the city will not be involved in any remedial work.
“It’s a private property issue and something in a rear yard and not bordering city property usually doesn’t involve the city,” he said.
The property owner would not comment.