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Land crumbles near Scripps Ranch homes after pipe rupture

Posted: 2:02 PM, Jul 26, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-27 01:23:14Z
Hillside collapses near Scripps Ranch homes
Hillside collapses near Scripps Ranch homes
Hillside collapses near Scripps Ranch homes
Hillside collapses near Scripps Ranch homes
Hillside collapses near Scripps Ranch homes

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A large section of undeveloped land is causing a headache for Scripps Ranch property owners and city officials.

The swath of fill land collapsed on an undeveloped plot this week along Rue Chantemar in Scripps Ranch. The affected area sits between two homes in the area and extends about 200 feet into a nearby valley.

Those homes are not threatened at this time.

City officials said a ruptured drainage pipe is to blame for the erosion.

Fill land is created using rock, gravel, and dirt, and is not to be confused with landfill, which is traditionally an area used to dispose of waste.

On 10News at 6 p.m., reporter Steve Fiorina spoke with San Diego State University professor Pat Abbott on whether the collapse could get worse and what it will take to fix it.