A small landslide reported at 9:13 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, caused four nearby homes to be evacuated on Enciela Drive near Brodiaea Way on the northwest side of Mount Soledad in La Jolla.
“There was a 25-by-25 foot slide about 30 feet deep,” said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire & Rescue Department. “Four homes were evacuated. Two homes were not occupied. The slide was caused by a break in a private water line.”
Luque said a construction worker reported the incident after seeing water coming out of an SDG&E manhole cover. “Water was flowing out into the canyon causing this landslide on the hillside that was right in front of one of the four homes that got evacuated,” said Luque. The earth that slipped reportedly did not come closer than about 25 feet from the nearest structure.
Luque said SDG&E officials and structural engineers from the city were all sent to the scene of the landslide to investigate. Police also arrived at the scene to provide traffic control.
Luque said water was shut off in the area and the scene was cleared at 12:45 p.m.