On Thursday, authorities warned the roughly two dozen residents of the San Clemente apartment buildings threatened by a collapsing oceanside hill that they may be evacuated indefinitely.
On Wednesday, evacuees from four apartment buildings in the 1500 block of Buena Vista were told to permanently relocate after a landslide threatened to bring the buildings tumbling down the hillside.
According to the authorities, there is currently no set timeline for reopening the slope to residents.
“I think everyone should understand we have a dynamic situation here,” Mayor Chris Duncan said during a news conference Thursday. “We have another rainstorm coming, the ground is continuing to move, so these structures are still in peril.”
According to Duncan, this is going to take some time.
On Thursday, the White House granted a request to include Orange County in the federal emergency declaration caused by recent storms. Rep. Mike Levin said this would allow more federal aid to go to those impacted by the landslide.
A total of twenty to thirty people had to leave their homes. On Thursday, a few people were given permission to return home briefly in order to pack. The city claims that it gave these people very short notice to leave their homes when officials determined that they were unsafe.
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Eleven atmospheric rivers have pounded California in a seemingly continuous series, triggering floods and landslides, knocking down trees and power lines, and leaving thousands in the dark.
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Katrina Foley, the supervisor of Orange County, California, said that the county had sustained over $4 million in storm damage, and that number will continue to rise.
This report includes information from the Associated Press.