Mudslide Threatens Homes in Cocos Fire Burn Area

County crews built a barrier and packed it with sandbags

A mudslide swept through one North County community Thursday, blocking a road and surrounding a home that escaped damage in the Cocos Fire.

The effects of the devastating wildfire in May left several homes in danger of storm damage and mudslides along Harmony Grove Road and Wilglen Drive.

So San Diego County crews built a concrete barrier known as a K-rail and packed it with sandbags long before the recent rains began to fall.

When an unusually large amount of rain fell overnight, the canyon area near several homes filled with water as it naturally does in a storm. However, the sandbags diverted all the loose dirt and mud away from the homes.

One resident told NBC 7 mud about a foot deep was collected on his driveway. Mud and debris flowed onto the street making it impassable for vehicles. 

He credited the county for doing the preparation to keep the mud from surrounding the home built in 1899.

"It would have been wrapped around my house without this K-rail, there's no doubt," the homeowner told NBC 7.

County crews brought in a plow to clear the debris from the road.

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