Residents of million-dollar homes overlooking a beach in Santa Cruz County are worried their houses are on the verge of collapse.
The homeowners say Aptos Creek is overflowing and threatening the stability of their houses, which sit on a bluff above Rio del Mar Beach.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that the homeowners are willing to pay to construct a trench at the mouth of the river that could help reduce the threat.
But they can't get permission for construction because county officials don't believe the situation warrants an emergency declaration needed to begin the work.
State Department of Fish and Game officials say the project could affect the habitat of endangered steelhead trout and tidewater goby that live in the area.