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Portland officials looking to prevent landslide near construction project

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City officials are trying to determine what is causing a landslide near a construction project on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway that has led to some residents being evacuated from their homes. (KPTV) City officials are trying to determine what is causing a landslide near a construction project on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway that has led to some residents being evacuated from their homes. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A potential landslide is threatening apartments in southwest Portland and several people have been forced to evacuate.

The slide danger is off of Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, just above a construction site.

City officials don't know if the construction or heavy rain is to blame, but just to be safe they told people living up there to get out of their homes.

Karla Parra was grabbing a few things at her apartment Friday, but she's not allowed to stay there.

She and her neighbors at Colonial Manor were told to leave this week after the hillside under their building started shifting. The deck posts are leaning and the parking lot has sunk down a foot.

"They actually told us we needed to evacuate, yeah, it was Tuesday," Parra said. "I looked at the foundation and it seemed like just the first apartments were affected, and our apartment was fine.  So I didn't really worry.  But then it got worse.”

The slope in question is directly above a construction site where workers are building new storage units.

Cindy Kline manages Jack's Tap Room nearby and said recent heavy rain has been flooding the site.

City officials shut down construction today until further notice, and now Kline can only wait and watch.

"They said this hill is going to go any time, and it's moved six inches," she said. “I’m not really concerned, I just don't want anybody to get hurt."

Parra is not nearly as calm, though, and wonders if she'll have to find a new place to live.

"It's really upsetting.  Uh yeah, I've never been through something like this,” she said. “But I don't know.  Maybe something better's coming."

While Portland city officials try to determine the cause of the slide, they're working with engineers to shore up the hillside and stabilize it.

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