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Sepulveda Blvd. reopened after landslide

March 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A landslide sends mud and debris onto Sepulveda Blvd., shutting down the busy street.Sepulveda Blvd. between Sunset and Montana was completely shut down after a hillside came crashing down onto Sepulveda Boulevard just off the 405 Freeway Thursday morning. That section of Sepulveda was re-opened at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities say the backyard of a home located on the 300 block of Thurston Avenue slid down onto Sepulveda Blvd. around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The massive slide brought down trees, bushes and even some power lines.

Fortunately no one was injured in the landslide.

Officials at this point do not know the cause of the slide. The Department of Water and Power says they do not believe the landslide was caused by a water main break.

Many residents had to be evacuated from the area. Two homes have been yellow-tagged and a third home has been red-tagged.

The home that was red-tagged officials say is structurally fine. They cannot allow the owners back in until a city geologist gives the all clear that the ground is stable.

Geologist were on the scene Thursday surveying the area.

Front loaders were ready to begin the clean up process at 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

They were forced to wait until power crews could deactivate the down power lines. When the city geologist gave the green light the crews began scooping up the debris and hauled it away.

"Tonight there are other activities taking place, particularly the UCLA game. It is important that the citizens of Los Angeles have a smooth transit to get back home," said Armando Hogan, L.A. Fire Department.

Residents were scrabbling to remove various items from their home Thursday morning.

"I feel totally calm. I have been through World War II and this is nothing. We have been told to evacuate and we are going to a friend's house in Westwood," said Eva Moore, an evacuee.

Residents who heard the slide early Thursday morning say that it was frightening.

"It sounded like a bomb exploding. It was very scary," said Mitra Aftaria, a Westwood resident.

"Fortunately it narrowly missed hitting a fire truck that had responded 20 minutes earlier," said L.A. City Councilman Jack Weiss.

The DWP believes the slide was possibly caused by some sort of soil saturation in the property's backyard either from the recent rains, a private irrigation leak or possibly a swimming pool.

Power was knocked out at The Getty Museum Thursday morning, but it was restored within a few hours.

Eyewitness News reporters Rob Hayes and Subha Ravindhran contributed to this report. Click here for more headlines from ABC7 Eyewitness News


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