Sausalito mudslide destroys homes, injures woman; 50 homes evacuated


A woman was rescued from a home stuck in a mudslide in Sausalito early Thursday. 

Officials say just before 3 a.m., a duplex on the 300 block of Sausalito Boulevard slid from its foundation down to Crescent Avenue. 

A woman was inside one of the units on the second floor, while the other was vacant, officials said. 

The duplex hit another home that was vacant on Crescent. 

Fire crews were able to extract the woman around 4:30 a.m. and take her to the hospital, where she is recovering. 

In total, three homes were destroyed and four duplexes were red tagged. Authorities say 50 residents were evacuated and five cars were destroyed. 

Naresh Kuppuswamy lost his car in the mudslide and says he just moved into his apartment a week ago.

Kuppuswamy isn’t allowed back in, but he’s trying to stay positive. He described the moments his car was toppled by a home that came sliding down saying, “It was a bunch of trees sliding down, then the house just breaks and just started slowing down.”

He said it all happened in seconds. 

An evacuation center has been set up at City Hall. 

Natural Weather Service forecasters say Sausalito has received nearly 5 inches of rain over the last 24 hours.



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