Photos: Poised at edge of landslide, home is knocked down by demolition crew
A Newport Beach home that was badly damaged in a landslide earlier this month was demolished Thursday.
The slide was reported on the morning of March 3 after days of downpours in the area. Photos from the scene showed that a massive chunk of earth had broken off from the hillside behind the home on Galaxy Drive.
Pieces of the back patio had also fallen down the hillside.
No injuries were reported, but the home was red-tagged, city officials said.
The homeowner elected to have the home demolished, with the city expediting the granting of a demolition permit, said Newport Beach spokesperson John Pope.
On Thursday, construction equipment tore into the home, pulling down the structure’s roof and walls and leaving little else in the footprint but debris.
With the home now gone, efforts to shore up the hillside for the houses on either side could be easier, Pope said.
Those homes also were damaged in the slide and were yellow-tagged, meaning that they were safe to enter but could not yet be occupied.
Crews continue to pump groundwater out of the hillside in an effort to de-saturate the soil after multiple rainstorms.
On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local state of emergency in part due to the hillside’s collapse.
“I am deeply concerned by the hillside collapse in the Dover Shores neighborhood in Newport Beach and other storm events through my district and Orange County,” Supervisor Katrina Foley, whose district includes the Dover Shores community, said in a statement. “My hope is that there is no further sliding on the shore, but if these three homes fall, a cascading effect may happen to the 50 other homes on the bluff, and we must be prepared in case that happens.”
The hillsides of Newport Beach were not the only locations to experience damaging landslides in the wake of the series of storms; on Wednesday, four buildings in San Clemente were red-tagged after a slide.
No injuries were reported in that incident.
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