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OC residents remain out of homes due to slide

Geologists are investigating a massive landslide in San Clemente that created a dangerous situation for residents.

January 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Several San Clemente residents remain temporarily homeless on Sunday after a landslide forced them from their homes.Four homes on the 200 block of Via Bellena were red tagged after Thursday's slide. Residents were allowed inside Saturday to collect their belongings, but they were not allowed to stay overnight.

While geologists have yet to determine a cause for the landslide, one man said he thinks recent rain and a poor drainage system may have had a part.

"The pipes that had been carrying the water just don't work, so the water from the rain had nowhere to go but to soak into the earth," said resident Dennis Baldridge.

The neighborhood, which is above the Shorecliffs Golf Course, was built in the 1960s.

Geologists say the slide opened a 25 to 50-foot vertical drop onto the golf course below the homes. They are still studying the slide.

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