And then there is Cow Cliff

North of Paul’s Slide, up by Big Creek is another problem area. Between the two is an island of the Hermitage and Lucia and Morning Glory and a few others where they are completely trapped. In between the two are a number of so far smaller landslides that can’t be cleared until one or the other areas can be cleared. Photos by Brendon Shave, one of the people trapped between the slide at Cow Cliff and the slip out at Paul’s Slide. Oh, and Son … those look like a MC skid marks on the last photo. Yours?

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Kiss the Road good-bye until Spring

These were today at Paul’s Slide. Photos by Brendon Shave. I’m not an expert, but I don’t see how anyone can even work on this mess until the rains stop. There are 11-12 photos, and while I could and maybe should put them in a slide show, I sent myself smaller versions:

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Highway Closure Update, 2/10/17

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Photos of Deetjen’s from yesterday (PM 43.17)…blurry due to rain.

I apologize for a few minor errors or misleading information on my previous update this morning; more specifically:

1) Thankfully, we are not expecting any more rain or storms this weekend—that occurred last night.

2) The southern access point that locals can reach from the northern closure at Nepenthe (PM 44) is “SANTA” Lucia Ranch (PM 31.10)—not to be confused with Lucia (PM 23) which is not reachable from the north or south today.

3) I only mentioned locals going “south” from Nepenthe to Santa Lucia Ranch, but I truly meant to say “travel north and south between Nepenthe and Santa Lucia Ranch”

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The inclement weather continues to give us more slides at multiple locations, the largest challenges being at: Mud Creek (PM 8.8), Chimney Slide ((PM 19), 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 continue at Nepenthe (PM 44) until further notice.

***SAME INFORMATION, NEW INFORMATION FOR LOCALS***

Highway Closure, 2/10/17

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Photos from today of: 1) Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2)New Creek at North End of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 3) Gorda (PM 10); 4) Chimney Slide (PM 19)—Cannot get to Paul’s Slide until this is cleaned up; 5) Rain Rocks (PM 21.3); 6) Paul’s at end of the day yesterday.
***SAME INFORMATION, NEW INFORMATION FOR LOCALS***
State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44). Another storm is expected today Thursday, Feb. 9.
I Motorists may travel north on State Route 1 from Cambria to Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) or south from Carmel to Nepenthe’s (PM 44).

The roadway is not passable between Ragged Pt (SLO 72.87)and Nepenthe (PM 44)

*LOCALS MAY NOT TRAVEL NORTH BETWEEN RAGGED POINT AND LUCIA RANCH (PM 31.10)…MUD CREED IS NOT PASSABLE AND CONSTRUCTION CREWS ARE NOT PRESENT TODAY…BUT LOCALS MAY TRAVEL SOUTH FROM NEPENTHE TO [SANTA] LUCIA RANCH [about 2 miles south of Esalen] (31.1) 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