Mudslide prompts road closure in the area of Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California

A mudslide earlier this week prompted the closure of a nearly four-mile stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Southern California.

Authorities say that the road between the Pacific Coast Highway and Grand View Drive would remain blocked until at least Sunday night, City News Service reported.

The mudslide happened around 2:30 pm Wednesday and was in the same area as a mud flow that happened during the rain of last week, the report said.

There will be a way alternating traffic control in various parts of the State Route 27 between PCH and the Jalan Jalan Imports in the city of Topanga from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. Crews are clearing mud and dirt out of the drain, behind K-rail. @onetopanga

— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) March 15, 2018

“After last week’s slide, Caltrans installed a few hundred meters of the K-rail with fence on top for a total height of eight meters to catch mud and rocks,” officials with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) told the news service. “This morning the slide occurred in a gully just outside the parameters of the K-rail in three separate locations within a span of approximately 1,000 feet.”

K-rail refers to concrete traffic barriers which are also known as Jersey barriers.

We work to a clear #Topanga Canyon Blvd. to sunset and back to work tomorrow morning. There is still a significant amount of mud and rocks that must be removed from the shoulder & behind the K-rail. SR-27 is likely to be closed from #PCH to the Grand View by the night of Sunday to Monday.

— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) March 16, 2018

With more rain expected during the weekend, Caltrans is closing the road to clear roadblocks and “implementation of any necessary slide control” for the public safety, the report said.


Caltrans told Fox 11 Los Angeles that this mudslide was also “dramatically increasing.”

“You can see from looking at it, it’s a bit soupy … but at the same time has a lot more rocks in the ash, the debris,” Caltrans’ Marc Bischoff said.

A look at why Topanga Canyon Boulevard (State Route 27) is closed from #PCH to Grand View in #Topanga. Multiple mudslides as a result of the heavy rain. Our maintenance crews and a contractor are working to reopen the highway as quickly and safely as possible. @CHPsouthern @onetopanga

— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) March 15, 2018

Wednesday’s mudslide was the third on Topanga Canyon Boulevard since January, a fire in the area, Caltrans said.

The “mud” caught five cars early Thursday morning, Fox 11 reported.

“We had to call 911 to help us because nobody do anything, we got stuck,” Jennifer Cruz, who was trapped in a vehicle, told the station.


Crews used chains and bulldozers to pull the cars, while mechanical shovels, backhoes, dump trucks and sweepers were used to the roadway, the report said.

Caltrans also sent a geological engineer to inspect the area.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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