Relentless rain threatens mudslides
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
April 4, 2006
Property owners in northern San Mateo County are on edge today
as mudslides threaten homes and rains show little sign of holding
In the Broadmoor Village neighborhood of Daly City, two recently
constructed homes in the 600 block of Larchmont Drive "have
compromised foundations," according to John Quinlan, director
of the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.
Quinlan said he didn't believe the homes were occupied or even
sold yet. He said he was not aware of any evacuations in that
area because of the mudslide, which was first reported to his
agency around 9 p.m. Monday.
Elsewhere in the county, a home in the 1100 block of Parrott
Drive in San Mateo was orange-tagged Monday - meaning residents
can go into the home but can't live there - after a slide was
Quinlan said when the county sees this much rain and the ground
becomes saturated it's not unusual to see mudslides.
"We're aware of certain areas where there's always issues,"
"We're watching the whole county," he added.
"It's bad right now," Quinlan said. "If we get
high winds," things could become worse, because with the
soil so saturated, trees may come down and bring power lines with
them, he said.
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