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Woodland Hills braces for second round of stormy weather

March 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Homeowners hit hard by mudslides in the San Fernando Valley this week are bracing themselves for more trouble as another storm front makes its way into Southern California.

Linda Freud and her family moved back into their Regalo Road home in Woodland Hills on Tuesday morning, two days after they were forced to evacuate due to torrential downpour that saturated their 12-foot retaining wall in their backyard.

It caused a river of mud to spill over the steep hillside and flow dangerously close to their house.

The Freuds' house was one of four in Woodland Hills that was yellow tagged by the city of Los Angeles, two others were red tagged.

"It's frightening," Freud said. "This is our home and if your home goes, what else do you have?"

Now that most of the mud has been cleaned up and the retaining wall has been secured, authorities say it's once again safe to live in.

But with more rain on the way, the Freuds are concerned it may be only a matter of time before they have to pack up their belongings and move out for the second time in a week.

"It's nerve wracking," Freud said. "We haven't really seen that much rain at one time. The most rain I've seen other that was snow."

Woodland Hills wasn't the only neighborhood hit hard by the late storm. It left its mark throughout the San Fernando Valley as well.

A house in Encino was red tagged because of a mudslide.

In Granada Hills, the roof of a Big Lots collapsed, streets flooded and more than 100 trees toppled over. In some cases, right onto parked cars.

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