RPV Land Movement | Feb 2024 | Wayfarers Chapel Closes

Last year, homes near the Portuguese Bend area were red-tagged due to land movement. After August, everything was fairly quiet regarding landslides or movement on the peninsula, but then we received several inches of rain after being hit by the Pineapple Express/Atmospheric River in early February, and things started to move again.

Why is land moving at Portuguese Bend?

Over the last two years, the Los Angeles area has seen nearly double the amount of rain it typically sees in a year. To make matters worse, these rain systems have drenched us; dumping large amounts of water over a short period of time.

Portugese Bend has been an active landslide area since the ’50s. Engineers discovered the problem had to do with the soil, which contained a layer of clay that became very slippery when wet. Although drainage and fill have been installed over the decades, the land has continued to move year after year and gets worse with excessive rain.

After so much rain, it was only a matter of time before problems made their way to the usual spots in the area, but have also spread to new areas unfortunately.

Wayferer’s Chapel: Closed Feb 15th due to Land Movement

The accelerated rate of land movement has affected much of the Portuguese Bend area along PV Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes but the Waferer’s Chapel, up until recently, had not been severely affected. The Wayferer’s Chapel was designated as a National Historic Landmark in December 2023, but as of February 15th, the chapel is now closed to the public until further notice:

Look for more updates as we continue to monitor the situation at Portuguese Bend.

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