El Niño is delighting snow-seekers and filling reservoirs, but its strong rains and powerful waves are also threatening to cause several apartment buildings in Pacifica to go tumbling down the city's bluffs. The weather and waves have been eroding the cliffs along Esplanade and Palmetto avenues, and the city officially declared a state of emergency on Friday.
This isn't the first time that homes have been threatened in Pacifica. Back in 2010, apartment buildings nearby were evacuated and ultimately abandoned. Officials attempted to preserve the bluffs over the past few years during the drought, but the latest round of storms just added to the instability. On Palmetto Avenue, single family homes have been left hanging off of cliffs, and two properties were evacuated in the past few days.