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Vista mobile home park evacuated due to nearby sinkhole and flooding

One resident's home shifted off its foundation.

VISTA, California — Flooding of unknown origin forced the evacuation of a dozen mobile homes at Green Valley Mobile Home Park in Vista on Thursday morning.

Denise Dougi said she woke up and discovered her home had shifted.

"I woke up this morning and heard running water; there was no reason for me to hear running water. I went outside; I noticed things were not right. I noticed my stairway had moved; there’s no reason my stairway should’ve moved," she said.

"I went down my stairs. My concrete driveway has buckled up; it has trapped my car," said Dougi.

She said she also noticed her front door wouldn't open. She called 911.

"There’s a retention wall at the back of my mobile home; you can see the earth is coming through the bricks. You can see evidence around the mobile home siding; it has bowed out. You can see that my mobile home has been pushed and caused damage," she said.

Emergency crews were able to get the flooding under control within about 90 minutes by shutting off all utilities serving the site, Vista Deputy Fire Chief Craig Usher said.

According to Chief Usher, Dougi's home moved because the hillside behind it began to slide. The cause of that sliding was rushing water, though it's unclear exactly where it came from. 

The street behind and above Dougi's home, Sky Haven Lane, also buckled. That street is located in the city of Oceanside.

The flooding resulted in one sinkhole in the 3500 block of Sky Haven Lane in Oceanside and another beneath Dougi's home. Crews shut down the street between Emerald Drive and Sundown Lane, pending repairs.

A spokesperson for Oceanside said the cause might be problems with a Vista irrigation water line.

Some neighbors fear this situation will worsen as forecasters expect more inclement weather next week.

Chief Usher estimated the evacuated people might be able to return home in a week. 

The American Red Cross was called in to help 17 residents of the complex arrange for interim shelter.

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