Calm weather assists work on Pacifica cliff

Calm weather conditions Wednesdayhave helped crews lift boulders to the base of a cliff in Pacifica before it collapses and sends a 12-unit
apartment complex into the ocean, repair officials said.

Residents of the apartment building at 330 Esplanade Ave. were ordered to evacuate Thursday after large chunks of sand fell from the cliff
into the crashing waves, causing concern that the bluff might not be supported much longer.

The lack of wind and sunny skies aided workers in moving the 4- to 6-ton rocks Wedesday, after Tuesday's windy weather created a nuisance, said Tony Fortunato of Engineered Soil Repairs Inc., the company hired to put in the boulders.

The emergency repair work, which entails placing thousands of boulders at the base of the cliff, will likely be finished on Christmas Day,
but Fortunato said after that he's unsure whether residents will be able to move back in.

“Every day we get rock down there the better it gets,” Fortunato said. “I don't know how it's going to hold up forever, but for the emergency
fix it's diverting water, which is the main point.”

Pacifica chief building official Doug Rider said that the property owner must submit a request to the city to allow residents to move back into
the building, and then it is up to Rider to decide whether the building is safe.

He said the owner has not yet contacted him and he doesn't know when residents might be able to move back in.

“We'll just wait and see,” he said.

Community members have flocked to the site, and some spectators have traveled from other towns to watch the work be done.

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