From AP today:

A crumbling hillside that is threatening eight homes in the San Francisco Bay area city of Hercules has prompted city officials to declare a local emergency.The City Council approved the declaration on Tuesday after affected residents told council members they needed help.

Homeowners can now apply for federal aid while the city can seek federal and state assistance. The hill began moving after a series of rain storms last week. Though the rain has stopped, city officials say four of the homes have been damaged and declared uninhabitable. Crews have erected barricades to try to keep those homes from falling. Residents of the other four homes have been advised to vacate until the hillside can be shored up.

This is happening all over the rain-drenched Bay Area, as you’ll notice from the following videos and photos.

Side observation: If there’s a landslide, KGO-TV ‘s gonna be there…

Update Mar 31: Great photos here and here of the mudslide that closed Hwy 101 up north in Humboldt County. Plus a photographic mudslide medley from the San Jose Mercury News.

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Hercules declare state of emergency (KGO)

Morgan Hill

Almaden Road in Santa Clara County

San Pablo

Hwy 1 near Big Sur

Video, Photos: Landslides Bedevil Bay Area 31 March,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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