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New storm poses more risk to College Area backyard landslide

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COLLEGE AREA (CBS 8) - With another big storm headed our way, things could get a lot worse before they get better for some local homeowners.

A retaining wall could not hold back tons of earth that ripped away from the rear of a property on Mesquite Road in the College area Tuesday.

San Diego Fire-Rescue units were called to the scene after someone called just before 9:30 a.m. to report a mudslide down a canyon wall. Crews and a city geologist determined the home did not have to be evacuated for now.

"The concern is if we get continued rain and the drainage problem is not taken care of, there could be continued slides. So we are on notice; we put the homeowner on notice. Right now we are not doing any evacuations, mandatory or voluntary," Battalion Chief Dan Froelich said.

Inez Thomas lives near the slide and is keeping close watch on it. The 17-year area resident says she's never seen anything like it and can't believe a recently installed retaining wall didn't work.

"It's completely gone. That was a lot of work, I remember when they were putting it in. That was the purpose of it, was to keep the hillside from falling," Thomas said.

The educator says her home also sits on a canyon rim, but says she's put in vegetation to slow down any erosion from severe rainstorms.

"My husband and I have been planting ice plant in the back and we've been keeping our hill really held up with ice plant and lots of plants that can hold the soil there," she said.


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