(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) -- Several residents of a California town were displaced over the weekend by a landslide that created a 25-50-foot vertical drop outside their homes.
Residents were allowed into their homes on Saturday to pick up personal items, but authorities would not allow them to stay overnight.
One local resident told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV the area is not equipped to handle the unusual amount of rain that fell in recent weeks.
"The pipes that had been carrying the water just don't work,” said Dennis Baldridge, “so the water from the rain had nowhere to go but to soak into the earth."
Geologists are working to determine what caused the landslide.
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