SAN PABLO (CBS/AP) – Officials in San Pablo have declared a local emergency to help the owners of several homes that are sliding down a storm-soaked hillside.

Heavy rain over the past week loosened the ground under about a half-dozen homes. Their backyards and patios began breaking apart last week.

San Pablo City Manager R. Matt Rodriquez issued the proclamation Sunday to provide access to government money and permit agencies to move more quickly.

The Contra Costa Times reports that officials also plan to seek state and county assistance with the landslide.

City inspectors have restricted access to three of the houses, and crews are cutting large trees on the hillside that may threaten the homes.

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