El Niño was a bad, bad boy this year. He played some really nasty tricks on Laguna in the final weeks of 2010 — and it sure brought back memories of the 1998 mudslides.
Charlie and Ann Quilter were back in the news, but it was on a happier note — the Laguna Canyon home they built to replace the one destroyed in '98 was still standing after the Dec. 22 mudslides slithered around their home instead of through it — and Annie got through this storm with her clothes still on her back.
In 1998, she was swept out of her home on a sea of mud and dumped in the meadow across Laguna Canyon Road, starkers as the day she was born.
"I thought I was going to die a horrible death suffocated by mud and I had given myself up to God," Quilter said Tuesday. "When I came to a stop, I said to heck with this: I am getting out of here."