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Tenants forced out of apartment complex after a Christmas Day mudslide

(Fox 5 San Diego)

At least four Southern California residents have been displaced after a mudslide plowed through an apartment building, on christmas day of the year.

No one in the Oceanside complex was injured, on-duty battalion Chief Greg DeAvila said. He added that a broken water pipe, together with the large amount of rain that fell on Saturday was the cause of the mudflow.

Authorities say the slide happened around 5 o’clock in the morning, according to Fox 5 San Diego. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they found a 75-metre long, 12 metre wide mudslide behind the complex.

Oceanside battalion Chief Pete Lawrence said mud had pushed through the lower dwellings, damage to the structure and devices in the home.

Lawrence said that the Red Cross is helping displaced residents with temporary housing. He added that the apartment management company was going to help find a long-term housing for the residents.

The city in the building of the department determined the complex unsafe to live.

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