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Debris Removal Underway After Mudslide Destroyed Two Homes in Sausalito

The woman, who was 'pinned within the debris in her home, encased in mud,' is expected to make a full recovery

Work crews from Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. of San Rafael will begin clearing debris Friday morning from a mudslide area in Sausalito.

The mudslide on Sausalito Boulevard early Thursday morning destroyed two homes, damaged four other homes and five vehicles, according to City of Sausalito officials. Six structures were red tagged as being unsafe.

The slide originated around 3 a.m. above Sausalito Boulevard on land belonging to the National Park Service. It carried a duplex at 404/408 Sausalito Blvd. across the roadway and into a house at 63 Crescent Ave.

A woman who lived on the second floor of the collapsed duplex was trapped for 20 minutes before she was extricated. She was taken to Marin General Hospital, treated for injuries and released, Sausalito officials said.

Firefighters said the woman, identified as Susan Gordon, was "pinned within the debris in her home, encased in mud," but rescuers managed to spot her hand in the wreckage and save her, Capt. Doug Paterson with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District said.

Gordon's son, who lives in Virginia, was on his way to the Bay Area late Thursday to be with his mother.

"She lost everything," he said. "Pictures, mementos, everything that she has in that house. I know that's killing her right now."

Four adults, a baby, a cat and a dog were rescued from a home at 412 Sausalito Ave. Eighty public safety personnel were at the scene for several hours searching for anyone else trapped in the debris.

Multiple gas leaks in the area were mitigated, and 25 people were evacuated from their homes until 5 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service said the Sausalito area received more than five inches of rain in the 24 hours before the mudslide.

Electricity is expected to be restored to all homes in the area Friday.

The work crews will clear debris from Sausalito before clearing debris on Crescent Avenue which will be more complicated and take more time, Sausalito officials said.

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