(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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