Amid stormy weather and a Wednesday afternoon rush hour, authorities were forced to close Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills after a home’s back balcony collapsed onto the road. The earth underneath the home, in the 8100 block of Gould Avenue, was saturated and gave way, sending a 9,000-pound slab of concrete and a retaining wall sliding 20 feet down to Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. No one was injured but the building was red-tagged, displacing the residents, officials said. The road, a main thoroughfare through the Hollywood Hills for commuters trying to avoid the 101 Freeway, was closed between Gould Avenue and Kirkwood Drive, Los Angeles fire officials said. Though it was raining Wednesday, inspectors said it’s too soon to determine if the collapse was caused exclusively by the weather, said Building and Safety spokesman Dave Lara.
Source: Los Angeles Times January 12, 2017 00:42 UTC