La Conchita

Cross in dirt 
New crosses



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La Conchita Landslide  Photo Update


On January 10, 2005, La Conchita, California experienced a landslide and debris flow, the second in less than ten years (the first was in the spring of 1995.) 10 people were killed in this tragic event and homes lost in the 156-home community. Suffering the loss of their family members were Jimmie Wallets and his daughter Jasmine.

Each time I drive by La Conchita on Highway 101 north of Ventura and south of Santa Barbara, my heart goes out to the families who suffered loss of life and property in a disastrous landslide after a mountain soaked with rain gave way and tumbled onto the homes below in this once peaceful village where neighbors shared barbecues and celebrated the holidays on their patios and in the streets of lovely La Conchita.

When you stand on the sloped, paved roads of La Conchita, you can see Highway 101 below but what stands out most is the huge expanse of Pacific Ocean stretching into what seems like infinity. Beautiful blue skies and rich, golden sunsets are the trademark of a seaside village filled with hard-working folks who invested in the California dream by purchasing property not far from major cities where jobs are available. Trouble is, the hill above this community is not stable and geologic maps and reports from years back show that it's slid more than once.

In the recent landslide, families lost loved ones who were buried in dirt and could not be rescued in time.  As you drive by this area of Highway 101, you'll usually notice crosses perched on the hills, marking the spots where lives were lost. The beauty of this stretch of road has captures the soul of many who pass by.  When you drive by, remember those who loved the California coast—the moms, kids and folks who never had time to escape nature's fury. Look for the crosses to remember those who suffer today and miss their family members who happened to be in the "safe comfort" of their homes when tragedy so quickly struck.