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These Mudslides In California Are Getting Out Of Control

OCTOBER 20, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

California has experienced no shortage of natural disasters over the past year, and the bad luck just keeps rolling in. On top of severe drought conditions and destructive wildfires, the region north of Los Angeles has now fallen victim to mudslides.

The pictures are devastating. They look like they could've been taken on the set of a disaster movie.

Last week, a series of what should have been welcome thunderstorms dumped gallons of water on the drought-stricken land.

Last week, a series of what should have been welcome thunderstorms dumped gallons of water on the drought-stricken land.

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Sadly, the parched ground couldn't handle that amount of water.

Sadly, the parched ground couldn't handle that amount of water.

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This resulted in horrible mudslides.

The worst flooding happened on Route 58, where a raging river of mud and debris flooded the roadway.

Cleanup crews are now working to clear almost a mile of highway that's been totally covered with mud. The sludge is six feet deep in some areas.

A lack of water over the last few years has slowly killed off the landscape's soil-stabilizing plants, creating optimal conditions for mudslides.

A lack of water over the last few years has slowly killed off the landscape's soil-stabilizing plants, creating optimal conditions for mudslides.

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Needless to say, it's going to take a while to clean this up.

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(via Fox News)

Luckily, the forecast in Southern California is clear of rain for the next few weeks, which will hopefully give people a chance to get this situation under control.

 

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