Eighteen Hollywood Hills Homes Evacuated Due to Mudslide

Eighteen homes in the Hollywood Hills were evacuated Thursday when dirt and debris began sliding down a saturated hillside during a week of rainstorms in Southern California.

Firefighters responded to reports of a mud and debris flow in the 1800 block of Stanley Avenue. The unstable soil was sliding near a home under construction on top of a hill.

Geologists were called to the site to help firefighters assess the soil.

“These events are unpredictable,” said LAFD Deputy Chief Armando Hogan. “We’re trying to get a better understanding of what we’re going to face.”

The slide appears to take down a fence and damage a pool.

“We’re concerned about what could happen,” said Hogan. “If you look down below, we have more homes. At this time, I don’t see that as a danger.”

No injuries were reported.

The fourth and final storm of the week was expected to move out of the area by Thursday night. Dry conditions are in the weekend forecast. 

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