Consultant points to Walgreens site as latest in series of contributing activities on the butte.
Budge Drive landslide area
Geotechnical engineer Ray Womack, right, records the position of stakes placed in the ground on Budge Drive to serve as data points for measuring movement while officials determine a plan of action for the neighborhood.
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The map above shows documented ground movement of the East Gros Ventre Butte landslide. The time span of the movement is unclear, as engineers began tracking the points at different times. Town officials did not have the time frame at a public meeting this week, but said the movement is recent.
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The map shows the area under an evacuation advisory and the portion under an evacuation order. Joe Rice, owner of Sidewinders Tavern, Ignight and the Wine Shoppe and Spirits, said he has received word that the businesses can reopen Friday.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:30 am
Human activity has contributed to the East Gros Ventre Butte landslide that in the past week has displaced nearly 60 residents and cost taxpayers at least $750,000, a consultant says.
The area around the slide has been the site of grading and construction over the decades, including construction of Budge Drive and grading of Highway 191 itself. Recent development may have been a catalyst, Landslide Technology engineer George Machan said.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:30 am.