Calif. Residents Watch Homes Slide Down Hill

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A week of heavy rain has caused mudslides in San Pablo, Calif.

Several houses have slipped down storm-soaked hillsides and others may be at risk, including one where a patio collapsed as the hillside behind the home slid.

As a result, local officials declared a state of emergency. They want to ensure residents have easy access to government money and permit agencies so that repairs can happen quickly.

"Hopefully, we can get funds out here from FEMA or wherever, the county to shore up this hill," said one county official. "I mean it's just not behind my house. This is a flashpoint of something that's a little bit bigger."

Residents said they heard popping and cracking all night long. Leon Walker said his backyard shifted even more overnight. His wife's reaction when she woke up confirmed his suspicions.

"It's getting worse and lives are at stake because this hill continues to move. I'm going to have a new address. I'll be on Hillcrest rather than on Wyman Street," Walker said.

City officials also plan to seek state and county assistance to help offset the costs.

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