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Heavy Rain Increases Landslide Risk

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tim McCrink with the California Geological Survey says heavy rains that drop a lot of water in one area can trigger shallow, rapidly-moving landslides.  That's the kind of rain that's in the forecast for parts of Northern California over the next few days.  McCrink says it's critical to be aware - especially if you live on or beneath a slope:

McCrink: "You might hear roots breaking or you might see telephone poles leaning, strange bulges in the ground, springs and seeps that weren't there before suddenly popping up."

McCrink says areas affected by wildfires are especially vulnerable to landslides, because the vegetation that holds the soil in place has been burned away.  He says if you're headed to Tahoe you should also be aware that landslides have closed highway 50 and Interstate 80 in the past
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