Backyard landslide results in three Back Bay yellow-tagged homes

A landslide occurred in the 1400 block of Galaxy Drive, located above the Back Bay, in the early morning hours yesterday (Thursday, April 4). City inspectors responded and yellow-tagged three homes, which now offers those residents limited access.

The home most affected was at 1466 Galaxy Drive which lost most of its backyard. The homes immediately adjacent on both sides were also tagged.

Newport Beach City Councilmember Erik Weigand, whose District 3 represents the area, said, “This morning, I was saddened to learn of a new landslide occurring on Galaxy Drive.

“While at a neighboring property, I was able to see firsthand the damage created by the slope collapsing into the Back Bay. I also observed small amounts of soil sliding downward, proving the area is still unstable.”

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Courtesy of City of Newport Beach

A majority of the backyard of the residence located at 1466 Galaxy Drive can be seen at the bottom of the slope

Weigand added, “Coincidently, just last week, Assistant City Manager Seimone Jurjis and I participated in a conference call organized by Assemblymember Diane Dixon with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), seeking more assistance with last year’s hillside failure.

“Upon learning of today’s landslide, I immediately reached out to Assemblymember Dixon as well as Senator Janet Nguyen and Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley. All three were very receptive.”

Weigand also noted that the images show that the hillside collapse has allowed debris to enter the waterway of the Back Bay’s side canal below. “To me, that appears to inhibit the bay’s ability to flush water in and out of this section. Hopefully this will bring more attention to the situation and force CDFW to take action, said Weigand.

“I am thankful nobody was hurt and I appreciate our staff’s efforts to immediately assist the affected homeowners, ensuring they were safe,” he added.

According to a City of Newport Beach spokesperson, “We are working with the homeowner who has retained a geotechnical expert. The city will expedite the permit review process once the homeowner develops a plan to stabilize the property.”

A similar slide occurred back in March 2023 in the 1900 block of Galaxy Drive.

Unfortunately, another storm is moving through before clearing this weekend, with an expected .2” of rainfall to the already oversaturated soil.


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