Rain Moves Out, Landslide Danger Remains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The storms may be over, but the danger continues for residents of saturated Southern California.

Los Angeles County Public Works Spokesman Bob Spencer Talks To KNX 1070

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works says the ground in parts of the foothills is so thoroughly soaked from the rain, “it could move at any time.” He says the threat will remain for several weeks.

More than 200 homes were ordered evacuated for more than 24 hours in two suburbs of Los Angeles that sit below steep hillsides that burned in 2009. Mudslides inundated homes and backyard in February.

Mudslides aren’t the only concern. The rain washed trash, pesticides and bacteria into waterways, prompting health warnings.

Twelve miles of beach in Orange County are off limits because of sewer overflows.

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Despite the sunshine in the forecast Thursday, officials say Californians may want to resist the urge to head for the ocean. They say they’ll be monitoring and testing water to make sure it’s safe.

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