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Landslide Ruins Houses As Residents Evacuate Homes

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

A landslide in Los Angeles, reduce a house under renovation to a jumble of wood, pulled the pool and deck away from a second home, and left the pool at a third residence on the edge of a huge fissure, a source has reported.

The slide occurred early Wednesday in Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood of expensive homes about 12 miles northwest of downtown.

NBC News reported that although an initial search found no victims, but several people were evacuated from one house.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, there was no immediate word on the cause of the landslide, but numerous slides have happened in Southern California due to drenching winter storms that saturated the ground.

Stonix News reports that since January 1, downtown Los Angeles has had almost 16 inches of rain, which is nearly twice what it normally gets by this time of year.

By early February, the city had reported nearly 600 mudslides, had re-tagged 16 buildings as unsafe to enter and had yellow-tagged more than 30 others, limiting access to them.

California battered by torrential rain and flooding

News helicopter video revealed the extent of the slide.

The destroyed house, which appeared to be in the midst of a renovation, was crushed with most of its roof lying on the ground. Next door, the slide pulled a pool and deck area away from a house.

Up the hill, the slide left a tennis court and pool on the edge of a huge fissure. A table and chairs that used to be poolside stood on a patch of deck on the other side of the gaping fissure.

Firefighters drained the pool to reduce weight on the hill.

“Department of Building and Safety is responding to assess the structures and hillsides,” the Fire Department said.

Southern California has seen a lull in storms in recent days, but slides and rockfalls have continued.

Sections of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and State Route 27 through Topanga Canyon west of Los Angeles have been especially hard-hit.

South of the city, a notable slide in the city of Dana Point left an ocean view estate on the edge of a coastal bluff.

Some rain could return this weekend, the National Weather Service said.

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