Officials seek help for threatened clifftop homes

Associated Press

Pacifica, Calif. — Officials are seeking assistance for a community near San Francisco where crashing waves and heavy rains have eaten away coastal cliffs, putting homes in danger.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier and local and federal officials on Wednesday visited the clifftop apartments in Pacifica and talked to residents who are being forced to move out.

Speier’s district includes the small coastal city. She pledged to seek state and federal assistance to repair the crumbling cliffs.

Officials on Monday tagged an apartment complex of about 20 units as unsafe, ordering people to pack their things and be out by sunset. Residents scrambled to find someplace to go.

Pacifica officials last week declared a local state of emergency, prompted by storm damage to the community about 10 miles south of San Francisco.