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Nearly 75 tons of debris slid down hill into neighborhood near Avila Fire burn scar

Posted at 4:44 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 01:56:20-05

Clean-up crews say residents near the Avila Fire burn scar “dodged a bullet” after heavy rain pushed mud and debris onto some properties.

On Sunday morning, crews scooped up and filled three dump trucks worth of mud, rocks and other debris that slid down the hill behind Shell Beach homes.

The Spyglass neighborhood was one of several forced to evacuate from the Avila Fire in June. On Thursday night around 10:30 p.m., residents watched mudslides get dangerously close to their homes.

It's estimated more than 75 tons of material spilled onto the roadways of Costa Del Brava and Barcelona Rd.

“It pushed all this material down and luckily it did not hit this house right here and it followed through right here and went down the landscape rather than taking out this homeowner's home,” Precision Grading and Paving contractor Logan Jones said. “Really the only damage we see is to the asphalt and these drains. Other than that we really did dodge a bullet."

Jones said hay barriers placed on hillsides played a huge part in mudslide prevention.

Precision Grading and Paving was contracted by the homeowner's association, the Management Trust, to clean up the area.

This area of Shell Beach received more between four and six inches of rain in the recent storm.