A Southern California family living in a mountain community got a shock earlier this month when they recorded the moment a landslide swept their Jeep off the driveway and swept down a slope.
Jessica Richey and her family were at their home in Forest Falls on September 12 when downpours during Tropical Storm Kay caused a mudslide.
In parts of the community and near Oak Glen, the mudslides caused a large debris flow filled with mud and “extremely large boulders” that tumbled downhill “and ripped away everything in its path,” authorities said at the time.
But the mudslide that swept past the Richeys’ home not only carried rocks and debris with it, it also swept their car away.
“Mom, the jeep is gone,” Richey’s son can be heard in part of the video.
The family’s doorbell camera video captured the moment the green jeep was washed down the hillside.
On September 12, late thunderstorms triggered the mudslides, carrying rocks, trees and dirt that swept away cars, buried homes and affected 3,000 residents in Forest Falls and Oak Glen.
The body of 62-year-old Forest Falls resident Doris Jagiello was found Thursday buried under several feet of mud. Her remains were about 20 to 30 feet from her home.
Rocks ranging in size from basketballs to boulders to the size of small cars crashed into Jagiello’s home, Lt. Jeff Allison from the San Bernardino Sheriff.
One of her dogs was found alive at her home, but two others are missing, Allison said.
Mudslides were a problem in areas of the San Bernardino Mountains burned by the deadly El Dorado fire, which started two years ago when a couple used a smoking device to reveal their baby’s gender. The couple were charged with negligent homicide in the death of a firefighter.
Forest Falls is a former cabin-owners’ summer resort turned bed-sleeping community in the San Bernardino Mountains.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/footage-captures-california-familys-jeep-swamped-by-mudslide/ Footage shows a California family’s jeep submerged by a mudslide