Hollywood Hills Homes Evacuated Due to 'Unpredictable' Shifting Soil - NBC Southern California

Hollywood Hills Homes Evacuated Due to 'Unpredictable' Shifting Soil

Firefighters responded to reports of a mud and debris flow in the 1800 block of Stanley Avenue

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    Watch: Mudslide Threatens Hollywood Hills Homes

    A mudslide threatened homes in the rain-saturated Hollywood Hills Thursday Jan. 17, 2019 after a week of storms in Southern California. (Published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019)

    About 20 homes in the Hollywood Hills were evacuated Thursday when dirt and debris began sliding down a saturated hillside during a week of rainstorms in Southern California.

    Firefighters responded to reports of a mud and debris flow in the 1800 block of Stanley Avenue. The unstable soil was sliding near a home under construction on top of a hill.

    Geologists were called to the site to help firefighters assess the soil.

    "These events are unpredictable," said LAFD Deputy Chief Armando Hogan. "We're trying to get a better understanding of what we're going to face."

    The slide appeared to take down a fence and damage a pool.

    "We're concerned about what could happen," said Hogan. "If you look down below, we have more homes. At this time, I don't see that as a danger."

    No injuries were reported. Four homes werre yellow-tagged.

    The fourth and final storm of the week was expected to move out of the area by Thursday night. Dry conditions are in the weekend forecast.

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