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Calif. Faces New Storms; Crews Secure Berm

April 6, 2006

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Crews shored up an earthen berm at a private golf course community Wednesday after heavy rains caused part of it to give way, damaging about 15 homes.

``Thank God I didn’t vacuum yesterday,″ joked Toni Redfern, pointing to a quarter inch of mud coating the carpet and walls of her home outside Valley Springs.

Redfern, who had planned to sign papers next week to sell the house, said a surging creek sent 2 feet of water into her house on Tuesday, forcing her to flee with her cat and dog.

The National Weather Service is predicting more storms across the state through mid-April, with the next one forecast to move in Friday.

Gary Bardini, chief of hydrology flood operations at the Department of Water Resources, said state officials are working with the Bureau of Reclamation to release more water from reservoirs to make room for the additional rainfall.

In Marin County, north of San Francisco, a hillside home was deemed structurally unsound Wednesday after slipping a foot downhill in a slow landslide, said San Anselmo Police Capt. Jim Providenza.

Further soil movement could send the house tumbling down onto four homes below, he said. All the homes were evacuated Tuesday when the slide began.

The slide also threatened a water main that delivers water to 600 families nearby, Providenza said. Crews erected a temporary aboveground main to circumvent the site.

Rainfall also damaged crops, including strawberries, asparagus, peaches, plums and apricots.

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