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Slope Creep can Cause Significant Damage

A problem that has resulted in damage to many structures throughout California is a problem known as "Slope creep." Slope creep does not refer to an unsavory character that hangs out on the nieghboring hill. Slope creep refers to the process whereby soil that is part of a slope slowly moves downhill. Slope creep can be caused by a number of natural factors, such as weathering, but is typically more problematic when it is caused by poor development of a fill slope. The process can involve very slow movement of the soil, but the accumulation of the movement over time can result in considerable damage. The slow rate of movement creates a condition where there may not be a dramatic change in conditions over a short period of time. In other words, the damage resulting from slope creep may take a substantial amount of time to develop.

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