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Mudslide Damages Two Homes, 14 Others Evacuated in Encino

The homes were evacuated as a safety precaution due to the amount of rainfall.

A voluntary evacuation order was in effect Tuesday morning for 14 homes in an Encino neighborhood where a house and guest house were damaged Monday by a rain-fueled mud flow.

A grading expert examined the hillside Monday night and determined no additional slide was anticipated, but as a precaution the voluntary evacuation order was issued about 10 p.m. for the homes on Boris and Martson drives, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A geologist and grading expert will conduct further evaluation after first light today, Stewart said.

A wall of mud flowed onto the property at 17986 Boris Drive about 5 p.m. Monday, Stewart said.

All three adult occupants were able to escape safely, she said.

The guest house was moved off its foundation and was red-tagged, meaning it was deemed unsafe to occupy and the main house was yellow-tagged, Stewart said.

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