Work has started on a flood-control channel that city officials and residents of an expensive housing tract near the Shorecliffs Golf Course believe will protect the bluff-top homes from the threat of landslides.
Before the next rainy season, construction workers expect to have 1,300 feet of concrete runoff channel near Calle Nuevo ready to handle excess floodwaters.
The slopes near the path of the channel have been eroded by past rainstorms, threatening the stability of nearby homes, city officials said. Construction of the first section is expected to be complete by December.
The project is a joint effort between public and private agencies, including the city of San Clemente, golf course owner LHC Investments and the developer that built the housing tract, Centex Homes.