Forest Falls residents continue cleanup of mudslides as many remember slain woman: ‘We pray for her’

FOREST FALLS (KABC) — A week after a devastating mudslide in the mountain community of Forest Falls, dozens of residents are still busy cleaning up, and some are mourning the loss of a loved one.

Some homes suffered only minor damage during last Monday’s intense thunderstorm, but many homes are marked in red, meaning they cannot be entered.

Perhaps the worst damage occurred on Prospect Drive, where 62-year-old Doris Jagiello was killed after being swept away by a mudslide.

Her body was found late last week, buried in several feet of mud.

Her son told Eyewitness News she will be remembered as a beloved grandmother, artist, poet and author.

“It’s so sad, we’re praying for her,” said Skyler Williams, a neighbor who lives across the street from where Jagiello’s body was found.

His house is also now marked in red and buried under a 10-foot mudslide.

“It just ripped the whole deck off, 90 degrees, and filled the whole garage with mud,” Williams said. “Mud has come in through the side under the house and we have structural damage. So we need to get a structural engineer out there and see what they say.”

The damage is so severe that many families in parts of Forest Falls are still without power.

But while many homes are marked red, there are some families who know they are in luck.

“We had a tree that hit the corner at that point,” Olin Richey said, pointing to his garage, where a wall was destroyed by the mudslide. “Had a piece of the tree moved an inch in one direction, we most likely would have lost the entire structure.”

Richey’s house is now flagged in yellow and he hopes that status will be removed by the end of the week. But he says there’s no way he could clean up without the help of the community.

“It’s all about relationships here. Relationships are everywhere in the Canyon. We’re a tight-knit community,” Richey said, adding that many of the volunteers are from a local real estate business.

“These are people my wife worked with for a long time. They paid off our loan and when they found out what happened they just came over and helped.”

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Laura Coffey

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