Azusa Hillside Residents Dig Out After Storm

Azusa Hillside Residents Dig Out After Storm

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Work crews are using tractors and dump trucks to haul away a mountain of storm debris that flowed  into the yards of some foothill residents during last weekend's storms.

One house on Ridge View Drive was inundated with 600 tons of mud, leaving the backyard piled with muck.

Ed Heinlein says he tried to prepare for the expected soaking, but never expected anything like this.  Now crews are working double time to dig out, as the impending sunny weather will just bake the mud into the consistency of steel.

Heinlein still finds the ability to be grateful, however, saying that he's had neighbors and even strangers helping out.

A big sign on the affected homes on Ridge View Drive thanks first responders for their efforts in keeping residents safe.

The problem now is to find a more permanent solution to the soil erosion that caused this mess.

January's Colby fire denuded the hills, and it will take three to five years for the vegetation to grow back.   So the next big storm is likely to cause this muddy mess all over again.

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