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Section of San Pedro Street Slides Right Into the Ocean. PS: Stay Away From There!
Some landslides happen s-l-o-w-l-y, like the one officials have been keeping an eye on in San Pedro for some time now. Yesterday's heavy rains helped send chunks of Paseo del Mar, a "buckled bluff-top roadway," right on into the ocean. Yep, there's a hole where that road used to be.
"No one was hurt and no structures were damaged as a result of the slide, which affected an area bordering the White Point Nature Preserve," reports CBS2.
Fissures in the road were first discovered in the spring.
Sunday's storm has exacerbated a problem a long time coming: "City and county crews have for weeks been hustling to relocate sewer pipes, water lines and other infrastructure beneath the sinking roadway," explains L.A. Now. The City of L.A. is planning to hire a geologist to look into what caused the road to break apart and crumble away.
"Was It the Blufftop Real Estate?" ponders CurbedLA. They're riffing on a KPCC piece that points out: "The peninsula's scenic qualities have prompted decades of homebuilding that some experts blame for further destabilizing the historically unstable ocean bluffs."
Mother Nature may well be chortling at Angelenos' continued conceit that we can just build it as big as we want where we want it because we can.
In the meantime, everyone is being urged to stay the heck away from the landslide site, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has issued a statement reminding folks to follow the posted caution signs, and that the Los Angeles Police Department are patrolling the area to make sure everyone is complying with the restrictions.