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Small Mudslide Forces La Jolla Evacuations

Some people in La Jolla can return home after a small mudslide forced them to evacuate last night. No injuries have been reported. But the cause of the slide will be under scrutiny. KPBS reporter Andr

Small Mudslide Forces La Jolla Evacuations

Some people in La Jolla can return home after a small mudslide forced them to evacuate last night. No injuries have been reported. But the cause of the slide will be under scrutiny. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps explains.

The San Diego fire department says callers reported an explosion in someone's backyard, what sounded like a water main break. A muddy hillside threatened two homes, so six people were evacuated. Fire crews notified the water department.

Only the landscaping was damaged.

The slide happened on the other side of Mount Soledad, from where a huge landslide last October destroyed several homes. Twenty-two people are suing the city over it. They say leaky pipes caused that landslide. The city says it was a geological phenomenon.

If a water main break did cause last night's slide, the city could be on the hook again. Engineers are investigating.

Andrew Phelps, KPBS News.

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