Heavy rains expected in Los Angeles this weekend have the potential to push an already sliding section of San Pedro closer to the sea. The slow-motion cliff-crumble has already caused sections of road to break apart, leaving holes in some areas, and sending chunks tumbling to a watery grave.
Residents and engineers say the earth has not moved since the Nov. 20 landslide, but they're still wary of the weekend storm, aka Sloshin' 2: Hypothermia Boogaloo.
City officials say no homes are in immediate danger, but they are taking the threat seriously and sealing off the unstable area, notes the L.A. Times.
Debris cleanup from the November's slide will remain on hold even after the rain passes, however. Officials say the area will not be safe to do that kind of work until the bluff stands its ground for at least six months or a year. An engineering survey is expected to be complete in April.
Last year, what was initially thought to be a sinkhole, turned out to be a large-scale landslide. A 900-foot stretch of Paseo del Mar (between Weymouth and Western) was closed last September.