Friday, April 30, 2010

KTVU - Concrete Restraining Wall Fails; Pacifica Complex Evacuating

A massive piece of a concrete restraining wall has busted loose from below a cliff-side Pacifica apartment complex, forcing new evacuations and putting the structure in danger of tumbling into the sea.

Helicopter video early Friday revealed the scope of the problem. A concrete section about 25 yards long has broken loose and was sliding down the hillside.

The erosion of a crumbling cliff began in December and has wreaked havoc on the lives of complex’s residents at 320 Esplanade.

One complex has already been evacuated and now a second will soon begin emptying out.“The other day, we looked down at the cliff and really saw how bad it was,” said one woman who asked not to be identified. She moved into the precarious perch just six weeks ago.

“Has it changed?” she said. “Oh yeah. It certainly has. It's really eroded. The cliff has eroded tremendously, even in front of the other building.”

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Posted by Steve Sinai


demo said...

Time to do mother natures job and tear these apartments down. Maybe Jimmy V can spend another 250k building another trail down to the beach.

Kathy Meeh said...

Yea, well when does the city of Pacifica decide to build the sea wall, before it takes the shopping center, or after; before it takes highway 1, or after? Oh, I forgot "no money" and no will. The USGA advised Pacifica something needed to be done about this land erosion 10 years ago, so what was done?

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