CA faces mudslide hazard

Even as rescue workers continued to search for people buried in Christmas Day mudslides, residents in the San Bernardino area were warned to expect more mudslides.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 29, 2003


Even as rescue workers continued to search for people buried in Christmas Day mudslides, residents in the San Bernardino area were warned to expect more mudslides.

Three to four more inches of rain could fall by Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

"There are eight to 10 canyons in the area highly subject to this hazard," said Church World Service Disaster Response and Recovery Liaison Dick Eskes.

A 30-mile swath of mountainside scorched by wildfires earlier this season is particularly vulnerable to flash flooding as well.

Local fire stations were handing out sandbags and urging people to prepare on Monday.

A mudslide buried a Greek Orthodox church camp on Christmas Day, killing at least 12 people. Two others died in a mudslide at a campground several miles away, in the Devore area.

Twenty-eight people were believed to be celebrating Christmas at the church camp when a wall of mud rolled into the camp in Waterman Canyon. Fourteen people were rescued.

Church officials said those at the camp were not authorized to be there.

Some 200 people attended a memorial service at the Church of God Prophecy in San Bernardino. Many of those killed or missing attended that church. Many were also immigrants from Guatemala.


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