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Update on the Mudslide at Sausalito Boulevard

Post Date:03/01/2019 3:00 PM

The stability of the hillside above Sausalito Boulevard that released more than 3,500 cubic yards of earth and debris on February 14 continues to be a top priority for the City of Sausalito and the National Park Service. Over the past week, the following steps have been taken to help stabilize the site:
  • The top of the mudslide area above Sausalito Boulevard was covered with plastic sheeting to prevent additional earth from breaking loose.
  • Straw wattles were placed along the top of the slide to redirect water away from the mudslide area.
  • Arborists removed three precariously located trees above Sausalito Boulevard.
  • K-rail cement barriers were installed along the inner and outer perimeter of Sausalito Boulevard in the slide area. The barriers will help catch any additional slide material on the upslope side and, when the roadway reopens, protect pedestrians and motorists on the downslope side. 
  • Geotechnical engineers from the City of Sausalito and the National Park Service conducted inspections of the slide area for new signs of instability.
  • Sandbags were placed on Sausalito Boulevard to help redirect water runoff from the hillside down the roadway and away from the debris field below.
  • Specialists from the U.S. Geological Survey began a laser survey of the land features. The survey will help inform longer-term solutions for stabilizing the hillside.
  • The Sausalito Police Department, Southern Marin Fire, and the Department of Public Works conducted extra patrols of Sausalito Boulevard during the recent rainstorm of February 25 to 27. No additional debris or soil came down onto the roadway from the hillside.
Abbot Chambers, the City's Director of Communications, presented a report and status update on the mudslide at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 26. The presentation included a timeline of events from February 14, recordings of 9-1-1 calls, drone video taken on the day of the disaster, a report on the status of the debris pile on Crescent Avenue, and an update on the City's efforts to get residents back into the homes that remain "red-tagged" in the aftermath of the mudslide. A video recording of the presentation may be found on the City website.

Questions from residents affected by the mudslide on February 14 may be directed to the following dedicated phone line at the Sausalito Police Department: (415) 289-4151. Please leave a detailed message. The police department will put you in contact with the City staff member best able to answer your questions. The latest updates on the mudslide area can be found on the City of Sausalito website.

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WATCH THE REPORT AND STATUS UPDATE ON THE MUDSLIDE OF FEBRUARY 14, 2019
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