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Residents on their own in mudslide zone

December 7, 2008 |  9:50 am

The situation in one part of Yorba Linda seems to be getting worse since the fires. Officials have found one section of hill likely to slide and are essentially telling residents they are on their own. From the O.C. Register:

After Orange County Fire Authority helicopters took some aerial photos last week, staffers discovered landslides and heaving hillsides on the eastside slopes on Mission Hills Lane, which threaten an industrial business park and railroad tracks near La Palma Avenue. For now, it's unclear when or if those slopes will completely give way, staffers said. The aerial photos of the hillsides show a gazebo ... leaning downward toward the bottom of the canyon. "That discovery was pretty major," said City Engineer and Public Works Director Mark Stowell. "That commercial area will be an evacuation zone in the future." Most of the slopes near Mission Hills Road are privately owned, according to City Engineer and Public Works Director, Mark Stowell. As far as mudslides go, the city will protect public property, but these homeowners are on [their] own.

--Shelby Grad