San Diego News Break: La Jolla and Pacific Beach Communities in Crisis

Friday, October 5, 2007, 13:38 —by News Gal
This item was posted in Real Estate in San Diego, San Diego News and Local Media, San Diego People category and has 4 Comments so far.

San Diego news break: San Diego’s seemingly serene coastal communities of La Jolla and Pacific Beach were given a rude wakeup call this week with the Soledad Mountain Road landslide on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 and the following double-dose Pacific Beach water main breaks on Thursday, October 4, 2007. Whether the disastrous episodes are directly related is still uncertain; but what is certain is the La Jolla and Pacific Beach victims have lost all sense of security and trust in the once-idyllic San Diego neighborhood.

Minutes before 9am on the morning of Wednesday, October 3, 2007, the land moved on Soledad Mountain Road in La Jolla, causing 111 homes to evacuate. The street seemed to sink before San Diego’s eyes in this mountain neighborhood that has a history of landslides that dates back to the 1960s. On Tuesday, October 2, 2007, city officials warned four Soledad Mountain homes about the potential land movement; but the realized landslide affects were greater than officials anticipated, leaving a 15 ft. deep ravine that overlooks I-5 from Soledad Mountain Road.

With 9 Soledad homes deemed off-limits for entry and 52 Soledad homes deemed unfit for overnight stay, thankfully the natural disaster left no fatalities. Early Thursday morning, San Diego Major Jerry Sanders declared La Jolla in a State of Emergency and stated the first and primary goal is to focus on the families and residents of the affected area.

South of Mt. Soledad, two water line breaks flooded two major streets in Pacific Beach. The larger pipe rupture occurred around 2pm at Ingraham Street near Sea World’s western entrance, and flooded the area extending to West Mission Bay Drive. Although no homes or residents were injured, I-5 and I-8 freeway access was blocked off for most of the evening. Around 4:30pm the second water line broke on Garnet Avenue near Fanuel Street. Although an irritable traffic build-up, the second pipe rupture was less severe than the earlier break, which is expected to leave Ingraham and West Mission Bay closed for repair for much of Friday, October 5, 2007.

Check your San Diego news stations for traffic updates, the affects on La Jolla real estate, and local victim-outreach resources.

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4 Responses to “San Diego News Break: La Jolla and Pacific Beach Communities in Crisis”

  1. tonik insurance said on Thursday, October 11, 2007, 20:05

    I feel terrible for the people who lost their homes in La Jolla. Hope that everything works out for the best for them.

  2. Cedar Park, TX said on Thursday, March 27, 2008, 8:12

    Great Information – look forward to reading more.

  3. Craig said on Saturday, May 10, 2008, 13:03

    Living on the other side of the 5 in west clairemont we’ve been following this story closely. Every time we see a crack in the side walk or in someone’s driveway we think it could happen to us as well.

  4. beach homes in la jolla said on Sunday, May 11, 2008, 10:50

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