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Wet Weather Leads To Road Closures Across The Southland

CBS LA
CBS LA
 2021-12-31

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A number of major freeways and roads were closed Thursday morning due to rain, snow, and dangerous conditions for drivers during a powerful winter storm sweeping through the Southland.

Both sides of the Grapevine were closed to drivers early Thursday morning due to snow and ice on the road, California Highway Patrol said. They reopened just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the National Weather Service said snow levels had dropped to around 4000 feet in the Grapevine area.

Around 11 a.m. the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported a mudslide growing on Pacific Coast Highway at Puerco Canyon Road, in Malibu according to the sheriff’s Lost Hills station.

Caltrans shut down all lanes of PCH, at Puerco Canyon Road, for two to three hours to clear the mudslide. They reopened both roads to all traffic at around 3:45 p.m.

The Department of Transportation was responding to a mudslide on Coldwater Canyon Road in Studio City around 8:55 a.m.. Cars were stuck in the mud in that area.

Around 9:25 a.m., Caltrans said northbound PCH lanes at the Santa Monica bluffs and Ocean Avenue onramp were closed due to a mudslide. Traffic is being taken off westbound I-10 at the Lincoln Boulevard off ramp.

The City of Santa Monica is cleaning drains at the top of the bluffs.

Around 9:15 a.m., Caltrans tweeted that both sides of Pacific Coast Highway are closed in Pacific Palisades due to a fallen tree that knocked down power lines. The southbound road is closed at Temescal Canyon Road, and the northbound side were closed at Chautauqua Boulevard.

Around 8:08 a.m., Caltrans said State Route 23 is closed on the south end at PCH in the Malibu and Decker Canyon area due to mud and rock slides. Crews were checking the north end of SR-23 in Westlake.

The #2 westbound lane of Pacific Coast Highway closed at the 27400 block due to a downed tree and the #2 westbound lane closed at Puerco Canyon due to a mudslide, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The closures happened around 7 a.m. Thursday. Deputies advised drivers to stay home if they do not have to be on the road. They also encouraged people to slow down when driving.

CHP and Caltrans were alerting drivers that snow was sticking to the ground over the summit on the 5 Freeway between Lebec and State Route 138 and that traffic was slow through the area.

Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mounains was closed between Las Virgenes Road and Cornell Road due to mudflow and rockfall on the roadway. Maintenance crews planned to remove rocks, mud, and debris once the heavy rain has subsided.

A large mudslide blocked the southbound lane of Malibu Canyon Road, north of the tunnel, according to Los Angeles County Public Works. Drivers were advised to use caution and avoid mountain roads during the storm.

Caltrans shut down State Route 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) in the Angeles National Forest from State Route 39 to Pig Pines Highway due to snow and landslides Wednesday night.

By Thursday morning, Caltrans gave an update and said State Route 39 is open from the 210 to the permanent closure two miles north of Crystal Lake Road.

Just after 2:00 p.m., they announced the closure of the I-5 connector to State Route 118 due to heavy flooding. Early indications were that the road would be reopened early in the evening, around 6:00 p.m., but Caltrans officials reopened all lanes at 4:30 p.m.

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A rockslide in Malibu at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Thursday evening prompted closure of Las Vergenis Road, when a massive boulder slid off the cliff – slick with water – and slammed into the middle of the road. Officials warned that the rest of the hill was also at risk of sliding due to the conditions created by the storm.

Crews were working to remove the boulder and additional debris from the roadway as of 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

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