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La Conchita slide advisory follows more than 11 inches of rain in past month

La Conchita residents get landslide advisory and update on small slope failure

LA CONCHITA, Calif.-La Conchita residents and visitors have been warned about a slide advisory.

The community separated from the beach by train tracks and the 101 freeway is known for two major slides.

They received a two page bilingual advisory from the Ventura County Sheriff and Fire Chief.

It updated them on a small slope failure in the 1995 slide scar area.

Geologists have said 15 inches of rain in a month could lead to another slide.

La Conchita received 15 inches of rain within 30 days before the March 4, 1995 slide.

La Conchita received 8 inches in 14 days prior to the deadly slide in 2005.

That slide on January 10, 2005 killed 10 people including 3 children, Hannah, 10, Raven, 6, Paloma, 2, who died with their mother Michelle Wallet.

During recent storms some people including J.P. Tatro evacuated to hotels in Carpinteria.

"I think it has brought the community closer together."

First responders want residents to have "go-bags" filled with essentials such as medicine, clothing and water in case they have to leave for their own safety.

"We are all packed up and ready to go you know we keep loading and reloading our valuables and animals and stuff just today," said Tatro," I got delivered two knew cat carriers because they were able to get out of the zipper of the other for some reason."

Mike Bell, who is considered the honorary Mayor of La Conchita keeps an eye on the weather and informs his neighbors about it.

He said the advisory was thorough.

Bell called Wednesday a beautiful day in La Conchita.

He described the sky as blue with puffy clouds.

Bell moved to the area in the 1980s and lived on the road closest to the beach.

He said he feels safe but knows the people closest to the mountain need to be cautious.

A flashing sign at the 101 exit leading into La Conchita has a landslide hazard warning.

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