In an ironic twist, Rolling Hills Estates, an affluent gated community in Southern California, now teeters precariously on the edge of disaster as a landslide is sending its residents' million-dollar homes "rolling" down the hill. Over the weekend, the earth beneath 16 residents began to shift and slide, forcing a hurried evacuation as their dream homes started to succumb to the unstable terrain.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed on Sunday that the evacuation of a dozen homes was underway. Video shows large fissures splitting through driveways, lawns, and the homes themselves, turning the tranquility of this gated community into a nightmare. As the landscape continued to shift unpredictably, residents, some given only a 20-minute warning, were forced to leave behind their lives and their collapsing homes.
A sobering reality is upon Rolling Hills Estates, a neighborhood known for its serenity and affluence where the median value of an owner-occupied home is nearly $1.5 million. Despite their high ground and high status, the community finds itself at the mercy of nature's unyielding force.