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Mudslide cleanup continues in San Bernardino

December 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Crews in San Bernardino County continue to clean up from last week's devastating storms when dozens of homes were either destroyed or damaged by tons of mud and other debris.

The clean up in east Highland began at sun up.

Bobcats scooped up mud and moved it to the street to be picked up later by dump trucks.

By midmorning, Nick Hernandez was able to get his Harley-Davidson motorcycle out of his garage.

"It's been a frustrating time, but these guys are great," said Hernandez about cleanup crews. "I just can't say enough about the people that have helped us here."

Over the weekend, county and city crews, along with 300 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmates cleared streets.

A drain channel once filled with mud and debris is now flowing again.

"We are continuing to cleanup and we are continuing to mitigate putting up sandbags, diversion walls and K-rails throughout the city," said Bill Peters of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Cal-Fire crews are also working with contractors to clear out two basins responsible for last week's mudslide.

The threat of more rain has crews working overtime to remove as much as $50,000 cubic yards of debris filling the basins.

Meanwhile, residents will be getting a little more help.

More than 400 volunteer are expected Tuesday to descend on the neighborhood to help dig residents out of the mud.


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