Homeowners Evacuated in California After Hilltop House Splits in Half

Encino, Calif., residents were nervous after a water leak caused a hilltop home to crack in half and a dozen people to be evacuated over fears the damaged structure might collapse on other homes below, MyFOXLosAngeles reports.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said it suspected that seepage from a broken water main flooded the soil under the home Sunday night. The city Department of Water and Power, however, said no water main break had been confirmed.

The home's owners were staying across the street when the damage occurred, as the house was undergoing renovations, MyFOXLosAngeles reports. According to their daughter, the cracked house was not covered under the family's insurance.

Residents briefly were allowed back in Monday to collect belongings.

"The house may not slide but will keep sinking," d'Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department told MyFOXLosAngeles. It is more likely the eroded earth underneath the home would open and the house implode into it, Davies told MyFOXLosAngeles.

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