Peter Ignacio and his wife and baby were heading home after a long walk in Silver Lake this morning when they began to hear the sounds of falling dirt and rock. Then a chunk of steep hillside looming over the south side of Sunset Boulevard just west of Benton Way began to tumble on the sidewalk where they had just walked across.
“We heard some dirt and small rocks at first and then 5 seconds later, boulders, rocks and dirt came tumbling down … Barricades were already there [because] there was already some minor slide material. What came down just as we walked past was exponentially more than what was already on the ground.”
Ignacio said he and his wife had been extra careful walking along this and other sections of Sunset Boulevard located in the shadow of steep hillsides that have been falling and sliding as a result of heavy rains. None of the slides have been very big and there have been no reports of injuries. But the slides have tossed large boulders, tree stumps and piles of dirt on to Sunset Boulevard sidewalks.
This morning’s slide took place a few blocks west from where a small landslide on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake had blocked a sidewalk on the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Coronado Street for nearly a year. The city had closed off that sidewalk to the public and warned pedestrians to stay away until that slide was cleaned up last month. That same advice may now apply to this stretch of Sunset as well.