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  • pilotgolfer
    RIP to those victims and their families

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  • herpa2003
    started a topic Massive Mudslide Hits CA Town

    Massive Mudslide Hits CA Town

    At least two dead and 12 missing following this mudslide...,2933,143852,00.html

    LA CONCHITA, Calif. A huge mudslide crashed down on homes in a coastal hamlet with terrifying force Monday, killing at least two people and leaving up to 12 missing as a Pacific storm hammered Southern California for a fourth straight day.
    Ventura County Fire Department Chief Bob Roper said as many as a dozen residents were missing in the mudslide that pummeled a four-block area of homes in tiny La Conchita (search), about 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles (search). Nine people were injured, including a 60-year-old man who was buried for three hours.

    "It lasted a long time. It was slow-moving. The roofs of the houses were crashing and creaking real loud and there was a huge rumble sound," said Robert Cardoza, a construction worker who was clearing debris from a nearby highway.

    As rescuers combed the debris, geology experts with air horns watched the hillside above, ready to sound an alarm if it moved.

    The mudslide brought the number of dead from the latest wave of storms to 11 in California. The storms have sent rainfall totals to astonishing levels, turning normally mild Southern California into a giant flood zone.

    The hillside in La Conchita cascaded down like a brown river as authorities were evacuating about 200 residents from the area. Trees and vegetation were carried away, leaving huge gashes of raw earth on the bluff.