Sinkhole Scare Prompts Evacuation of OC Condos

By Brandon Lowrey and Jane Yamamoto
|  Saturday, Jul 20, 2013  |  Updated 11:49 PM PDT
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Laguna Hills residents had to leave their homes for most of Saturday after a broken water main caused a mudflow in their neighborhood. Jane Yamamoto reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Jane Yamamoto

Laguna Hills residents had to leave their homes for most of Saturday after a broken water main caused a mudflow in their neighborhood. Jane Yamamoto reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

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A sinkhole scare forced dozens of residents of a Laguna Hills condominium complex to evacuate their homes Saturday afternoon, after a broken water main caused a muddy flood and fears of a sinkhole or mudslide.

On Saturday night, residents were allowed back into their homes after soil experts determined the hillside was stable.

The water main break occurred about 1 p.m. on Clover Hill Lane, just east of the 73 Freeway near Alicia Parkway. Utility crews were able to shut down the water main, but they weren't sure what caused the break.

Resident George Navarro said muddy water reached up past his ankles earlier in the day.

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