San Francisco landslide leaves 150 displaced,
By Aimee Strain, Bay City News Service
February 27, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco fire and building
officials are keeping a close eye on a 75-foot-wide landslide
in North Beach this morning that has forced the evacuation of
four buildings, one of which is the Broadway Showgirls Cabaret
gentlemen's club at 412 Broadway.
About 150 people have been evacuated from the four buildings
located at 412, 426 and 432 Broadway and 455 Vallejo St., according
to San Francisco Fire Lt. Ken Smith.
Heavy rains caused the slide, which is about 25 feet deep and
36 feet high, according to Smith.
"Near the top side of the landslide (at 455 Vallejo St.),
the foundation is compromised and we are concerned that if rock
continues to erode that the structure will come down," Smith
Forty-five units, the majority the evacuations, were at the Vallejo
Street address, and two units each at 426 and 432 Broadway have
Officials were first alerted to the slide by a building alarm
at Showgirls, and upon arrival around 3:17 a.m. the landslide
Reports from residents came in shortly thereafter about a noticeable
landslide, Smith said.
"There's a pretty significant amount rock that's come down
from that mountain," Smith said.
"This rock is coming down with great force and slamming
up against these buildings," he said.
Smith estimates that it will take days if not weeks to repair
the damage. "It will be an extensive operation to get the
rock out . . . it will be a big project."
No injuries have been reported, but police and firefighters have
blocked off both directions of Broadway between Montgomery and
Sansome streets as a result of the landslide and evacuations.
The American Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.
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