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A hill collapse closed Laurel Canyon Boulevard and ground instability prompted the city to red-tag Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Ennis-Brown House as mudslides continued to trigger evacuations Monday despite five days of dry weather.
Geologists said the mudslide danger could last for several months, even if little more rain falls. Water that has saturated hillsides this winter is sinking deeper into the ground, creating the potential for soil shifts that could trigger more collapses.
They pointed out that the 1995 mudslide in the La Conchita community in Ventura County that destroyed several homes occurred two months after the rains had stopped.
"The sun is shining, but the rain is busily percolating downward," said Randy Jibson, a geological consultant for the U.S. Geological Survey.
"You can't see it, but it's busy. I expect that in the next few months, we will see a spectrum of landslides
KESQ, CA - 2 hours ago
LOS ANGELES Authorities reportedly have removed the red tag from a landmark Frank Lloyd Wright home that sits on a Hollywood hillside.
But K-A-B-C T-V says there still is concern about the structure's integrity.
K-A-B-C says the Ennis-Brown house was upgraded to a yellow tag, which allows limited access. City engineers red-tagged it over the weekend because of ground instability. Built in 1924, the concrete home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The status has indeed been changed from red to yellow tag. Part of the retaining wall has collapsed from the record rains of the past 2 months. The photos were very sad. They did say it does appear all will be repairable but is going to raise the the previous restoration estimate of 12 million dollars significantly.