California Landslides

With the storms that are drenching California come the threat of landslides and mudslides across the Golden State.

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Old Waterman Canyon Road is seen after a mudslide on Dec. 26, 2003 in Waterman Canyon, California. Rescue workers searched for missing people after heavy rains prompted the mudslides.
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Crews work to clear a mudslide on Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Tuesday evening. (Jan 3., 2017)
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SUV was stuck from the mudslide on Niles Canyon Road in the East Bay on late Tuesday night. (Jan. 10, 2017)
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Crews cleanup mudslide on Highway 17 near Scotts Valley since late Monday night and Tuesday morning. (Jan. 9, 2017)
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A mudslide in Guerneville flowed between homes and covered the roadway below. (Jan. 9, 2017)
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Crews clean up a mudslide in Pacifica. (Jan. 9, 2017)
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Caltrans had to clear a mudslide from Highway 1 on Jan. 5, 2017
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Mudslide in Pacifica. Jan. 9, 2017
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Crews clear a roadway where a mudslide stopped traffic in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Jan. 4, 2017)
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A mudslide carries debris down a hill next to a home on Jan. 11, 2017 in Guerneville, California. A new round of storms are bringing heavy rains and flooding to Northern California just days after rain and snow storms pounded the region bringing much needed water to drought stricken California.
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Mail carrier Ban Vo, left, offers encouragement to homeowner Ed Heinlein whose backyard, behind them, is covered buried in several feet of ash and mud from the burned hillside above. The house is threatened with a possible major landslide as a storm brings rain in the midst of record drought on March 1, 2014 near Azusa, California. The rain offers some relief to the dry conditions but is not expected to be enough to break the historic drought.
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A worker surveys a debris-filled street below the Colby Fire burn area as a storm brings rain in the midst of record drought on Feb. 28, 2014 in Glendora, California. The rain offers some relief to the dry conditions but is not expected to be enough to break the historic drought. A drought-related unseasonal wildfire, the Colby Fire, was accidentally ignited in the dry chaparral vegetation in January, destroying homes and sending thousands fleeing. The charred and denuded hillsides are threatening the homes of about a thousand evacuated residents with rain-loosened mud-ash debris flows.
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The rain-muddied east fork of the San Gabriel River rushes toward San Gabriel Reservoir in the Angeles National Forest as a storm brings rain in the midst of record drought on Feb. 28, 2014 near Azusa, California. The rain offers some relief to the dry conditions but is not expected to be enough to break the historic drought.
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A debris flow damages homes and carries cars away on after heavy rains caused mudslides on Feb. 6, 2010 in La Canada Flintridge, California. Large wildfires in 2008 and 2009 stripped the hills and mountains of vegetation, resulting in mud and debris flow danger as winter rains pass over foothill communities where thousands of people have been evacuated at times in recent weeks. The threat is particularly high near the San Gabriel Mountains above La Canada-Flintridge area which were denuded of natural flood-controlling vegetation by the 250-plus square mile Station. At least 40 homes have been severely damaged and 500 remain evacuated.
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Cars rest where they slid off the road during a mudslide on Tamalpias Road Jan. 2, 2006 in Fairfax, California. Northern California has been inundated by heavy rain over the past week, causing mudslides and pushing rivers over their banks.
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Firefighters stand outside a condominium after a 10-foot wall of mud smashed into it, filling the home to the ceiling and trapping three women inside on Feb. 21, 2005 in the Los Angeles, California area community of Hacienda Heights. The 85-year-old resident and two women in their 50's were rescued, one of them trapped in rising mud for 90 minutes. Los Angeles has received more than 31 inches of rain this season, more than twice the normal average of 15.8 inches making it the fifth wettest season on record.
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Hundreds of rescue workers gathered to observe a moment of silence on Jan. 13, 2005, at a memorial service for the victims of the massive mudslide in La Conchita, California. The service was held after announcement that the rescue phase of the relief operation was ending and workers will now try to find a way for evacuated residents to return to what authorities say remains a "geologically hazardous" area.
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A car is stuck in mud after it was trapped in a flash flood as the swollen waters of Lytle Creek overtook Lytle Creek Road, the only way out for the rural residents in Lytle Canyon, during the first storm of the season on Oct. 20, 2004 north of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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