LAGUNA NIGUEL — A large portion of a third home atop a crumbling man-made hill toppled Friday into a deep ravine, even as evacuated residents of the imperiled Crown Cove condominium complex below scrambled to pull belongings out of harm's way.
Two houses had tumbled the previous day as a terraced slope partially collapsed. It was what residents of the condos at the base of the hill had feared for years: that the slope was unstable and could threaten their lives.
"I can't wait around for anything else to happen," said resident Sandra Paulin, packing up with the help of volunteers from her church. "I have to do what I have to do."
Residents in 21 of the complex's 41 units have been evacuated as the slope that rises over the condos and supports more expensive houses in the Niguel Summit neighborhood has shifted and then failed. The first two hilltop houses toppled early Thursday, and five condos were upended.