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Mudslide threat prompts evacuations in California

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 01:06

Feb. 28 - Mandatory evacuations are underway in California as the region braces for heavy rain that could trigger mudslides. Linda So reports.

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People in Glendora, California are packing up and heading out. Mandatory evacuations are in effect as the region deals with heavy rain and the threat of mudslides. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARBARA ALBANESE, GLENDORA RESIDENT, SAYING: "I've taken everything that means anything with sentimental value and after that what am I going to do here, other than get crazy when and if the mud comes." But despite the warning, some are choosing to stay. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACKIE AYVAZIAN, GLENDORA RESIDENT, SAYING: "We've got dogs, I've got a medical condition, we've got a mom with Alzheimer's, it's just too many issues to take with us to a hotel room." Many loaded up on sandbags doing what they could to protect their homes before the torrential rain. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LARRY MAHNKE, HOMEOWNER, SAYING: "We got some already but we figured we just need a few more to get it in front of the garage and everything." California has been dealing with an historic drought. And recent wildfires in the Southern part of the state have scorched the ground. The fear is with the ground being so dry, all the rain will runoff causing flooding and mudslides.

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Mudslide threat prompts evacuations in California

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 01:06