WATCH: Sausalito mudslide survivor speaks out, says Caltrans may have contributed to problem


Susan Gordon has lived in Sausalito for 25 years. 

Last week, she lost everything she owns when a mudslide completely destroyed her home, $200 million, and most importantly the life of her precious cat Peach.

“This is a community that comes together and surrounds each other, and helps one another and that’s why I chose to live here,” she said during Monday morning’s Sausalito City Council meeting in which the city declared an emergency. 

During her time at the podium, Gordon shared with City Council members and the audience that Caltrans may have played a role in what caused the mudslide. 

“I’m concerned that I was living on that property for 15 years, not knowing that Caltrans had been dumping dirt above us on the hill that slid,” she said. “And there was a fire road up there that they used to access that whole area.”

Gordon also mentioned that there was a mudslide there in 1982. 

“I don’t know who was responsible for that land, who was responsible for watching it, but Caltrans must’ve dumped a lot of dirt along those ridges that caused a problem,” she added. 

Gordon said that to her knowledge, the dirt was dumped on top of the water, didn’t have anywhere to go, and was thus accumulating “like a dam, and it burst like a dam.”

She also added that perhaps the addition of a spokesperson or public liaison between City Council and the residents would be a welcome addition. 

“We need help from the city and from you as our representatives,” she said. “We need help. We need counseling… where we can go and what we can do.”

Gordon earlier said the outpour from the community “has been to the point where it’s made me a nervous wreck.”

Caltrans responded with a statement regarding the mudslide on Monday afternoon:

“The matter is the subject of a potential claim against Caltrans. Caltrans does not discuss the details of potential or current claims.”

A GoFundMe page created for Gordon has since raised more than $47,000 of a $100,000 goal. 



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