Most Berkeley residents displaced by mudslides have returned home
Residents of four
Fourteen residents were initially evacuated from eight homes after the mudslide early in the morning on
The city also notified water and power utility companies that they could safely resume service at the four addresses.
The last remaining home on
If conditions remain dry, the city told residents that the possibility of future debris flows in the area is low.
But about 6,000 structures across Berkeley are vulnerable to major landslides, according to the city. Councilmember Susan Wengraf oversees the
"This is a vulnerability that we haven't really focused too much attention on," Wengraf said. "We've been so focused on wildfires, and before wildfires, we were so focused on earthquakes. But I think now we need to pay a little attention to this."
Federal and state funding will be available for residents impacted by the mudslides
There was infrastructure damage on streets, highways and canals throughout the county, sinkholes in
Members of the sheriff's office of emergency operations center and the
Modeste said a site will open in
She said the county will announce soon an opening date for the support sites.
"We know that a lot of people are feeling overwhelmed — people are making phone calls and filling out things online, they don't know the status of (their requests)," Modeste said. "When people go online, they don't get immediate attention, but when people show up in person, they will at least walk away with an understanding of what resources are available."
Insurance typically doesn't cover damage caused by "earth movement," Wengraf said, and this financial support may be essential for
"These people have been outside of their homes for two weeks, and they've incurred a lot of expenses," Wengraf said. "Some of them are renters, and some of them are homeowners, and for the renters, I wasn't aware of any kind of city program that could help them."
"Hopefully, this will all be resolved, and people will be made whole," she said.
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