Landslide Crumbles Backyards of California Homes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) -- The backyards of several homes have slid down a hillside in Southern California after the area recently received heavy rain.

Authorities in southern Orange County have told residents that they cannot enter four homes after the slumped hillside was noticed Friday morning. Six homes were affected but only four were red-tagged.

Residents told the Orange County Register they heard a crack on Thursday night.

City engineer Bill Cameron says the slide opened a 25- to 50-foot vertical drop onto the golf course below. He says that since the slide was on private property, it would be up to the homeowners to do any repairs that would allow them to move back into their property.

Greg McKeown of the county's fire authority says firefighters found the crumbled land near the back patios of the homes.

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