Mud Flows Into Pasadena Homes

Heavy rains triggered a mudslide on Wednesday that broke through a Pasadena hillside home's retaining wall and ended up in the backyard of a neighboring home, firefighters said.

"I'm afraid for our safety -- that's what I am afraid of most," Izador Mesesan, who lives next to the home, said.

The mudslide took place about 7:45 a.m. in the rear of a vacant home in the 500 block of St. Katherine Drive, the Pasadena Fire Department said.

The nextdoor neighbor said he saw mud sliding down from the rear of the uphill property and into his own backyard, bringing pieces of the wooden retaining wall with it.

No one was hurt. Officials recommended the homeowner voluntarily evacuate.

"There could be further damage with the rain for several days, even if we catch a quick break, it still will continue over the course of the next month," Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman, said.

The Fire Department was to monitor the situation during the storm.

"The concern now is that it's going to continue to rain," Derderian said. "The soil is already loose. We have a lot of trees up here and with the heavy wind the trees are not very stable right now."

The powerful storm system that barreled into Southern California caused damage across the region, including in Vernon, where strong winds blew out windows and tore part of the roof off a business.

Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously said the home was red-tagged.

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