Crews pile rocks to try to save Pacifica cliff

Crews continued bringing in rocks Sunday to be placed at the bottom of a cliff in Pacifica that is in danger of collapsing into the ocean and taking the apartment building on top with it.

The thousands of rocks at the base of 330 Esplanade Ave. were expected to all be in place by the end of last week after the emergency repairs began Dec. 17, but the work has been extended at least another week, Tony Fortunato, of Engineered Soil Repairs Inc., the company hired to put in the rocks, said Sunday.

Residents of the building were forced to evacuate the same day the repairs began after large chunks of the cliff fell into the crashing waves beneath, causing concern that the bluff might not be supported much longer.

He said they have worked daily, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, since the repair work began.

“We'll be here all week,” Fortunato said. “We're in pretty good shape now, but we got pounded pretty heavily yesterday,” he said of high surf and powerful waves that slowed down the work Saturday.

He said that on Monday they will begin using the crane again to hoist the rocks over the apartment buildings to the base of the cliff.

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