Slowly but steadily--an inch a day--a wealthy community outside Los Angeles is sliding into the Pacific Ocean.
PAN S. AREA
MS WRECKED HOUSE
CU PAN ANOTHER
MS PEOPLE INSPECT
MS ANOTHER WRECK
MS MAN INSPECTING
MCU PAN WRECKED BRIDGE
PAN PORTUG. BEND
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Background: Slowly but steadily--an inch a day--a wealthy community outside Los Angeles is sliding into the Pacific Ocean. Portuguese Bend, California, is the victim of a massive movement of earth that was first noticed about a year ago. All of the hundred and forty-five homes in a three-quarter mile stretch have been damaged and more than a hundred have been evacuate entirely. Where possible, roofs, walls and entire houses are being moved to other sites. Homeowners have filed suits totalling some fourteen-and-a-half million dollars against the County of Los Angeles Ranging in cost from fifteen to fifty thousand dollars, the homes along here were built on lots leased from the exclusive Portuguese Club.
But now the place is a dreaded ghost town.
What was the boat dock of the fashionable club is little more than bent and splintered wood.
The end of a community that only recently many people considered a highly desirable one to get into--highly desirable until nature intervened and turned things topsy-turvy.