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Inspectors believe leak caused mysterious landslide

Thursday, May 16, 2013
This photo taken Monday, May 6, 2013 shows the wreckage of the Tudor-style dream home of Robin and Scott Spivey who were forced to abandon after the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport, Calif.

This photo taken Monday, May 6, 2013 shows the wreckage of the Tudor-style dream home of Robin and Scott Spivey who were forced to abandon after the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport, Calif. Officials believe that water that has bubbled to the surface is playing a role, in the collapse of the hillside subdivision that has forced the evacuation of 10 homes and the notice of imminent evacuation of another 10 in this upscale subdivision.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (AP Photo)

Geological inspectors believe a water leak played a role in a mysterious landslide in Lake County that nearly swallowed an entire hillside neighborhood.

The chief of the flood operations branch of the California Department of Water Resources says the soil was saturated with water. The problem is related to the utilities and he plans to submit a report Thursday.

The community is located about 100 miles north of San Francisco. An emergency was declared there in March after the ground gave way and homes began to sink.

 

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