Anaheim's Landslide-Prone Infrastructure...

   


Since the Anaheim Landslide of January 18, 1993 first devastated our community, five long and painful years have come and gone -- and still no mitigation has taken place to ensure even the most minimal safety of the affected area and the victims still living under the ominous shadow of the landslide.

While, at first glance, as one drives through the community, nothing really seems to be amiss -- Except maybe for the wash-board rattle one's car makes as it is driven upon the newly patched asphalt streets, aged and wrinkled by the constant movement of the earth upon which it rests; Except maybe for the constant presence of drilling rigs punching new wells into our streets; Except maybe for the vast number of for-sale signs sprouting upon lawn after lawn;  Except maybe for the chilling silence, as if everyone, even the birds, are listening for something to happen...

But the real damage, the infrastructure damage, cannot be assessed by a mere cursory drive-by.  Once you walk behind the homes you can then view what the land is actually doing -- how it is still in a constant state of upheaval.  And once you walk behind these homes you will then see that the City of Anaheim has done absolutely nothing to establish the security of its citizens against another landslide induced by the incessant greed of its corrupt political leaders -- as these photographs prove beyond a reasonable doubt.  The pictures contained in this article were shot on October 10, 1998 -- five and one-half years after the landslide struck!

Note how the City of Anaheim 'repaired' concrete culvert damage by covering it with sheets of plastic secured by sandbags.

Note how in many cases the broken concrete culverts are no longer even covered by the City of Anaheim's quick-fix plastic sheeting.  In such cases the rainwater pours directly into the heart of the landslide -- bringing it back to life.

Note how the quick-fix tar pulls away from the concrete as the landslide continues to heave under the forces of nature.

The reason for these temporary fixes to a long-term disaster is that the City of Anaheim is hoping to turn this tragedy it caused into a GHAD (Geological Hazard Abatement District) -- knowing full well that it will then be able to wash this bloody deed from its hands for eternity -- leaving the people within that district to fend for themselves... come the inevitable landslide hell and high water!

I have been requested to not fully address the GHAD issue and its dire implications until after the City of Anaheim and the disaster victims have either negotiated or litigated these issues.  I will abide by that request for the time being.

   

Landslide photographs taken on October 10, 1998

Curb and walls cracked; street buckling.
Street buckling; sewer sinking beneath the street.
Barricades still up after all these years.
Sidewalk cracked; exposed drainpipes.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward.
Drainage culvert cracked; in total disrepair.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward.
Drainage culvert cracked; covered in decaying plastic.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward -- View #1.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward -- View #2.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward -- View #3.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward -- View #4.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward -- View #5.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward -- View #6.
Expanding diatomaceous siltstone rising out of hillside.
Drainage culvert cracked; heaving upward.
Drainage culvert covered in temporary plastic.
Drainage culvert covered in temporary plastic.
Earthen culvert; temporary plastic blown away.
Drainage culvert covered in 2-colored temporary plastic.
Drainage culvert covered in temporary plastic.
Earthen culvert; temporary plastic blown away.
Drainage culvert covered in temporary plastic.
Drainage culvert partially covered in decayed plastic.

   


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