Santa Clarita family loses home in mud slide

Mud from a burn area of the Sand Fire crashed through a home, piling up several feet deep and forcing a family to leave the home where they raised their family.

Homeowner Chad Goertz told KFI's Andrew Mollenbeck "Everything is destroyed, there was three to four feet of mud in it Friday."  

The slide was due to the saturated hillsides from last year's Sand Fire giving away. The pounding rains combined with the charred land created a recipe for disaster sending tons of mud into the home.

Goertz tells Mollenbeck, "Unfortunately we did not have any flood insurance, we couldn't get it just because of the location where we live."  Michelle Goertz told ABC 7 they were only able to escape through their driveway, where water was quickly rising. "We raised our kids here and had a life here. We never thought anything like this would ever happen," said Chad.

Goertz says he plans to sell the property and find somewhere to live.  The family has set up a fundraising page online to cover the damages. If you'd like to help the link is:

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