From Cal Trans: “(HWY 1 update) Hwy 1 JSO (Just South Of) Nepenthe is closed to ALL traffic. NO LOCALS. Active slides JSO Nepenthe. 1850 hrs”
***Flash Flood Watch***
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for all of Santa Cruz County, Santa Lucia Mountains, and Los Padres National Forest until 7AM Friday.
A period of moderate to locally heavy rain is expected along the coastal ranges of the Central Coast on Thursday as a strong cold front pushes inland. The combination of saturated soils and recent heavy rainfall will result in excessive runoff into area streams and rivers as well as localized flash flooding. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are forecast in these areas through Thursday night.
The primary impacts will be localized ponding of water on low lying roadways with poor drainage, rapid rises on streams and creeks with some likely exceeding bankfull, some river flooding and potential rock and mud slides. Recent burn scars will also be susceptible to debris flows during periods of intense rainfall.
Travel may become very difficult at times. Some roadways may be flooded or impassable. Never drive into unknown depths of water! Turn around, don`t drown.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
Video and photo of Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) , Big Creek (PM 28.09) , Limekiln Park (PM 21) and Rain Rocks (PM 21.3) from yesterday
The slides continue from Deetjen’s (PM 43.17) to Mud Creek (PM 8.8), but the northern closure has now moved south to Fullers/Grimes Cyn (PM 42)…Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) is by far one of the worst slides at this time, video included from yesterday.
The inclement weather continues to give us more slides at multiple locations, the largest challenges being at: Mud Creek (PM 8.8), Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6), Big Creek (PM 28.09), Cow Cliffs (PM 28.35) and Deetjen’s (PM 43.17), require closure to rbe at Fullers/Grimes Cyn (PM 42) until further notice.
***NEW INFORMATION ***
State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and Fuller’s/Grimes Cyn. (Mon 42). Another storm is expected this afternoon, Thursday, Feb. 9.
Motorists may travel north on State Route 1 from Cambria to Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) or south from Carmel to Fuller’s/Grimes Cyn. (PM 42).
The roadway is not passable between Ragged Pt (SLO 72.87)and Fuller’s/Grimes Cyn. (PM 42)
*LOCALS MAY TRAVEL NORTH, CAREFULLY, FROM RAGGED PT. TO LIMEKILN, AND SOUTH FROM FULLER’S TO DOLAN PT. (PM 29.70) AS THERE ARE SEVERAL LOCATIONS WITH ONLY ONE LANE OPEN DUE TO ROCK/MUDSLIDES.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Our Maintenance, Geotech and Construction crews continue to work collaboratively and diligently, as much as safely possible in response to these rock/mudslides.
Another update will be provided on around mid-morning tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 10, or sooner if conditions change.