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Mudslide in Mt. Helix neighborhood blocks roadway, threatens homes

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By News 8's Richard Allyn

MT. HELIX (CBS 8) - A mudslide triggered by Tuesday's torrential rains left one roadway in the Mt. Helix community completely impassable, trapping residents living on that street.

With more rain expected into Wednesday, concern is building that more mudslides could threaten homes in their path.

"The concern is not only a continued slide, but a slide coming down on to these residents," said Battalion Chief Larry Converse of the San Miguel Fire District.

The rain-swollen earth beneath part of a driveway on Alto Drive gave way Tuesday evening and tumbled down onto Altito Way below, completely blocking the private driveway and two families who live on it.

"We'll make do," said Debra Signaigo, one of the trapped residents. "I have plenty of food, plenty of water, and my neighbors are all fine."

Rocks and mud also tumbled onto the back yard of a resident below the roadway, turning that property owner's swimming pool into more of a mud pit.

Fire officials call the landslide situation "critical."

"It is critical due to the fact we can't make access to a couple of houses, where you have elderly people down there," said Converse. "If you had a call, we can't go down to them. That's why we're trying to work at a pretty rapid pace."

While no evacuations have been ordered, fire officials and county inspectors are keeping a close eye on the situation as even more severe weather is forecast.

"With the storm predicted to come out here in a few more hours, our concern is more of a mudslide," added Converse.

Because the road blockaded by the Mt. Helix mudslide is technically a private driveway, county officials say they are not responsible for maintaining it, meaning residents on Altito Way are responsible for hiring a private contractor to clear away the rubble.

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