California Storms, Mudslides Prompt Evacuations

Mudslides California 1 November 2014

(SOURCE)  Nearly a dozen homes in Ventura County, California, just north of Los Angeles, were evacuated Friday night into Saturday morning after rains sparked a mudslide from a nearby hill that hit at least two homes and partially buried a man.

Ventura County Fired Department Capt. Mike Lindberry said that 11 homes were impacted by the debris flow in the community of Camarillo Springs. Two homes were directly impacted by the debris, but the others were evacuated as a precautionary measure because, at the time, it was too dark to assess whether or not additional mudslides could occur in the area. Lindberry said via Twitter Saturday morning that evacuations had been lifted in the community after geologists assessed the area.

One man had to be rescued by the fire department after he got stuck in waist-deep mud from the mudslide, but was uninjured in the incident. There were no other injuries reported in the community, and the residents evacuated from their homes spent the night at a Red Cross shelter, the Associated Press reports.

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