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20 July, 2024
 
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Million-dollar homes in California destroyed

Residents witness homes collapsing as land instability rocks the community

Source: Insider

Residents of a gated community in Southern California were forced to leave their million-dollar homes over the weekend due to what authorities described as a "sliding hillside," some of the homes visibly collapsing by Monday morning.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Sunday that a dozen homes in the city of Rolling Hills Estates were evacuated, posting a video that showed large cracks emerging in driveways, lawns, and the houses themselves, with some of the residences appearing to sink into the land.

By Monday morning, several of the homes had "started collapsing," according to Shayla Girardin, a reporter with Los Angeles television station KABC, who shared photos of the damage.

Some 16 people were evacuated, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said at a press conference on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. Residents "were told they had 20 minutes to get their belongings and get out," she said.

By Monday morning, several of the homes had "started collapsing," according to Shayla Girardin, a Los Angeles television station KABC reporter who shared photos of the damage.

—Shayla Girardin (@ABC7Shayla) July 10, 2023

The median value of an owner-occupied home in Rolling Hills Estates is nearly $1.5 million, according to the US Census Bureau, with a median household income of more than $160,000. The city is adjacent to Rancho Palos Verdes, home to the Trump National Golf Club.

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