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Sunday
Apr072013

Mudslide Derails Amtrak Passenger Train

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- A mudslide derailed several cars of an Amtrak passenger train on Sunday morning, but there were no injuries reports.

The cause of the slide is still being investigated, but the area between Seattle and Everett, Wash., where the derailement occurred, has experienced rain recently.

The slide caused a dining car and two coach cars to derail. There were passengers on board at the time of the accident, but none of them were hurt.

“We have a quarter-mile of track that was damaged due to the derailment that we have to replace...we have to repair still,” said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Sante Fe which operates the tracks.

“A large amount of debris: mud, rock, trees, stumps slid down,” he said, describing the scene.

Melonas said that the repairs would take place overnight and during the early morning, and that the track should be put back in service by Monday.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Mudslide Oozes Into San Pablo, California

ABC News(SAN PABLO, Calif.) -- City officials declared a local emergency in San Pablo, Calif., after mudslides from heavy rains damaged homes and led to the evacuation of a half-dozen families.

The city manager, R. Matt Rodriguez, issued the proclamation on Sunday, citing conditions of "extreme peril" from a landslide on two streets and major damage to seven properties. The emergency proclamation paves the way for government relief, according to the Contra Costa Times.

ABC affiliate KGO reported that heavy rain on Thursday led to the landslide, pushing down the hillside into the backyards of homes. Inspectors "yellow-tagged" at least three homes over the weekend, restricting access to the homes to the daylight and only if at least one other party accompanies people, according to Kelsey Worthy, assistant city manager.

"Family and friends have provided the bulk of the assistance and the city is assisting the family staying at the local hotel," Worthy wrote in an email. The city set up a donation account, San Pablo Landslide Event fund, at the San Pablo branch of Mechanics Bank.

San Pablo is a town of about 30,000 residents in an area of three square miles, according to the city's website. The city is across the bay from San Francisco, 20 miles away by car. Meanwhile, the residents say they are in limbo awaiting support from the city. A meeting is planned with them Wednesday at 6 p.m.

"There's not any support whatsoever," resident Sandra Givens told KGO. Givens said her husband was "very hopeful that everything will work out," however.

Monday, Givens packed up their belongings and hauled them away.

Other residents, Leon Walker and his wife, Janka, who have lived in their home for seven years, told KGO they packed their belongings last Friday.

"I never thought in my lifetime that my house would slide down this hill," Mr. Walker said. "I thought that I'd be here throughout my children going through junior high, high school."

Mrs. Walker said she was upset that there was "not one disclosure" about a previous landslide in the same neighborhood years ago.

"You know, we put a lot of money... even a down payment on this house," Mrs. Walker said. "Who's going to give me that back? Who's going to give me anything? We are losing home and house in one."

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