In San Bernardino mountains, residents hit by devastating mudslide fear more to come
LOUISVILLE – Before I saw the wreckage of my neighbor’s house that was engulfed by high-speed mudslide a few days ago, all I knew was it looked like someone had taken out a dumpster and dropped it in my back yard.
The house was my neighbor’s, and I lived directly behind him. Then I saw the pictures and heard what the police said.
The house went up in flames, I heard, “like a furnace.”
I’ve lived in the area all my life, and I’ve seen the San Bernardino Mountains, but I never saw anything like it before. Even a large dumpster doesn’t move as fast as that house that was engulfed by high-speed mudslide at 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday.
It was an incredible sight.
My neighbor’s home was fully engulfed in flames by the end of the week, along with other homes where the residents were sleeping in their beds. The entire area, with two small businesses that were close by, was completely destroyed and was completely uninhabited.
The news of a nearby mudslide came as a surprise to many. It had been raining all week, and a massive mudslide was predicted to sweep through the area.
My neighbor’s house is a total loss, a total tragedy, and I couldn’t believe it.
I didn’t think I would be thinking about him often, but when I finally got my cell phone out and was finally able to check how he was doing, I went to his house and the entire structure was a mess, the roof was completely gone, and the doors were open, windows broken.
Even worse was the condition of the inside of the house, where all the walls were completely gone, and the back deck was all that was holding up the entire house, I was afraid the owners