Some residents see yellow-marked homes and a muddy mess in the wake of the storm – CBS Los Angeles

ENCINO (CBSLA) – As the rainstorm moves out of the southern country Thursday night, some residents are left cleaning up the aftermath, including a homeowner in Tarzana whose backyard was overwhelmed by a mudslide.

Tarzana homeowner Mark Schiffman’s backyard after the hillside gave way in the early morning hours of December 30, 2021. (CBSLA)

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The constant stream of mud filled their pool and covered the ground with several inches of mud.

“At four in the morning, the hill came down and it woke us up,” said homeowner Mark Schiffman, who has lived on Gleneagles Drive for 17 years and has never dealt with anything like it before in his home.

Schiffman called the fire department because he was unable to keep up with the mudflow.

“We just have to put sandbags and get rid of the mud we have here now, and ready for more rain,” he said.

Firefighters drained the pool so it could act as a collection basin for more rain and mud and prevent the current from seeping into Schiffman’s home.

“The problem is that the mountain slopes can still go even if it’s not raining,” said Captain Tom Henzgen of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “And with the persistent rain we’ve had the last few days. The dirt gets saturated without the vegetation to hold it back, it lets go.”

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Down the hill, the golf course at Breamar Country Club was saturated with water and mud. In Panorama City, a felled tree temporarily blocked part of Roscoe

dec. 30, 2021 (CBSLA)

Boulevard. Crews, however, were quickly out to remove the tree as the traffic was down in one lane.

At Coldwater Canyon in Studio City, a car got stuck in a mud stream that came down the road. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety also yellow-marked five nearby homes on Clawson Place when another slope failure could block road access for LAFD.

As for Shiffman’s home in Tarzana, it was also yellowed, meaning the home may not be safe to live in right now, even though the homeowner said he’s taking it all in stride right now.

“When you live up in the mountains, and you have the hills behind you, things happen. That’s one of the things we live with, I think, “Schiffman said.

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Firefighters said one way to prevent slope failure is to have plenty of vegetation on the mountainside to keep mud and dirt down, as well as a good retaining wall that can protect the home.


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