EP home ordered demolished due to sinkhole

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Sunday's epic rain event will force the demolition of a home in Eden Prairie that is now perched on the edge of a gigantic sinkhole.

The Eden Prairie City Council voted in an emergency meeting early Monday to adopt a resolution ordering the demolition and removal of the structure located at 11201 Burr Ridge Lane. The emergency meeting was called after the residence was declared uninhabitable due to the imminent risk of failure and collapse from damage sustained during yesterday's rain event.

"It's pretty surreal," says homeowner Revie Zurn. "It's all of a sudden we're moving out stuff out and trying to start somewhere else."

Heavy rains caused the land between homes at 11201 and 11211 Burr Ridge Lane to give way and slide down into the Purgatory Creek valley. Prior to this event, the City of Eden Prairie had contracted with SEH (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.) and NWA (Northwest Asphalt) to repair the stormwater sewer system serving the neighborhood, a project that was still in progress when the downpours struck. .

"We are very thankful that none of the residents of Burr Ridge Lane were injured as a result of the mudslide," said Public Works Director Robert Ellis. "It's unfortunate this family lost their home. The city will continue to work closely with them throughout this process."

The family is thankful no one was hurt, but it's still hard to process seeing the home they grew up in now considered too dangerous to live in.

"I'm still pretty shocked," said Jack Zurn, who is a freshman at Eden Prairie High School. "My dad woke me up on Sunday and said we have to get out of the house. It's pretty crazy."

To minimize additional property damage the City, SEH and NWA worked through the day and into Sunday evening to create a temporary stormwater runoff bypass system from Burr Ridge Lane to Purgatory Creek. The City plans to acquire the property at 11201 Burr Ridge Lane in order to install a new stormwater sewer system and stabilize the slope.


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