A landslide in Fairfax damaged six apartments and displaced 19 residents Friday as the county continued to grapple with the effects of a drenching month.
The slide happened at a complex on Olema Road, sending mud and debris at the residences and in some spots breaking through walls, doors and windows, said Marin County Fire Department Chief Jason Weber. He reported no injuries.
Weber estimated the property damage would be “in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” but that the geotechnical work to reinforce the hillside and remove debris would be even more expensive.
Weber said residents should keep their eyes open for any signs of ground movement, including shifts in trees or retaining walls, or brown water flowing out of retaining walls.
“Due to the fact that our soils are completely saturated, we’re going to see quite a bit of land movement around the county,” Weber said. “Those that live on or around hillsides need to be cognizant of this, and make sure that their drainage is working.”
With several more days of rain in the forecast, the slides are likely to continue, even after the sun returns, according to weather and emergency experts.
Rainfall amounts in the county ranged from about half an inch to just over 2 inches between 3 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Since the series of storms began Dec. 18, accumulated rain totals include 23.57 inches at the top of Mount Tamalpais, 20.45 inches in Woodacre, 18.42 inches in Kentfield, 17.03 inches in Point Reyes Station, 15.54 inches in Mill Valley and 15.43 inches in Novato, according to the weather agency.
Fairfax was not the only site of weather damage. The county announced Friday that the eastbound lane of Bolinas Road near Sky Oaks Road — less than a 3-mile drive from the Fairfax landslide — would be closed for up to six months because the ground beneath the road slid away Monday.
The county Department of Public Works has fielded 800 calls for service, “managed 25 road closures, cleared 13 debris slides, removed more than 100 trees from roadways” and repaired several pump stations around the county, the agency said in a released statement.
More rain was forecast for the weekend, with a storm system moving in Saturday morning and another coming across the county Sunday afternoon, according to the weather service.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported approximately 200 outages in the county Friday afternoon. About 20,000 outages were reported around the state.
Statewide, 6,000 residents were under evacuation orders and dozens of major roads were closed, state emergency officials said in a news briefing Friday. Emergency declarations were in place for 41 out of 58 counties.
At least 19 people have died in California in weather-related incidents, officials said.
A winter storm warning will take effect in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from 4 a.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Tuesday, with 1 to 2 feet of snow expected in the Tahoe Basin and 3 to 5 feet at elevations higher than 7,000 feet.
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