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No Quick Fix For Scott's Valley Rockslide



    Raw Video: Scotts Valley Rockslide

    Raw video of the rockslide that trapped dozens in Scotts Valley. (Published Monday, March 21, 2011)

    Firefighters and Santa Cruz County officials tried to work quickly Tuesday to develop a plan to clear a rock slide that happened Monday. The slide blocked access to more than 30 homes near Scotts Valley, a fire district battalion chief said.

     No progress had been made in clearing the slide yet. It covered Nelson Road and stranded dozens of residents near Nelson Road  and Sky Meadow Lane, Battalion Chief Ron Whittle said. 

    "We'll have a representative from the county, have some private  contractors, a geological engineer," Whittle said. "They're all going to try to brainstorm. It's a pretty significant slide."

    Whittle said mud and rock slides are fairly common in Santa Cruz  County, but it's unusual for access to be completely blocked. Monday's slide  occurred over several hours, from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is about 200 feet long, he said. 

    The fire district has been in contact with a some of the affected residents, who are working with each other to create a foot path down from the neighborhood.

     Foot access is most convenient through two private properties, he  explained. No residents have reported any serious problems.

     "At this point everybody's OK," Whittle said.  

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