‘It’s a War Zone,’ Malibu Resident Says After Woolsey Fire, Mudslide Hit Same Neighborhood

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Cleanup crews in Malibu worked through the night to begin clearing a mudslide that prompted immediate evacuation orders in a Malibu Park neighborhood that was already hit hard by the Woolsey Fire earlier this month.

The slide occurred when a heavy downpour sent mud and debris down to Cuthbert Road between Horizon Drive and Busch Drive at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

The area was immediately evacuated as a precaution while cleanup crews went to work despite the risk of another slide bringing more mud down on them.

“Very dangerous … We have to keep alert at all times,” crew-member Thomas Donnelly said.

No homes were damaged in the slide, but more than half of the neighborhood had already been destroyed by the Woolsey Fire. "You drive through and it’s a war zone. There’s very few houses left,” resident Forrest Stewart said.

Stewart also feared what might happen if a stronger storm hit the area. “If we have any heavy rain this is not going to be pretty … It’s just sad," he said.

Showers from Thursday's storm also pushed mud, ash and debris onto Pacific Coast Highway, temporarily closing one lane near Trancas Canyon.

Earlier in the day, dangerous driving conditions on canyon roads prompted Pepperdine University to cancel classes.

An update on the school’s website stated the campus had reopened for classes Friday.

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