Evening note: Cal Trans sent a photo of Mud Creek taken today, 1/25/17
***NEW INFORMATION FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERIES***
*We have numerous slides between the closure points, the largest being at: Mud Creek (PM 8.8, shown above), Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6), three at Big Creek (PM 28.09) and at Anderson Cyn. Bridge (PM 35.4)
FOR ALL MOTORISTS: NEW SLIDES KEEP ROAD CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT (SLO PM 72.87) TO FULLER’S (MON PM 42) DUE TO ROCK/MUDSLIDES AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS. All Motorists may travel south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Fuller’s (PM 42) or travel north from Cambria to Ragged Point.
EMERGENCY SERVICES, (LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERIES WITH I.D DURING DAYTIME HOIRS) ONLY: Can get South from Fuller’s past Anderson Slide(PM 35.4) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) to Lucia (PM 10) [ED NOTE: GORDA IS AT MM 10, NOT LUCIA!] but NOT SOUTH MUD CREEK (PM 8.8).
ROADWAY IS ONLY PASSABLE DURING DAYTIME HOURS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERIES WITH I.D., ALSO EMERGENCY SERVICES, BUT ONLY WHERE MENTIONED ABOVE.
Another update will be provided tomorrow at noontime, Thursday , Jan. 26, or sooner if conditions change.
Susana Z. Cruz [nature-flower-blue-motif]
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer/
(Cal Trans Photo of new slide, viewed from North.) View from South below
New Slide Last Night between JPBurns and Burns Creek (MM 35) moves closure from Lucia (for Paul’s Slide) To Fuller’s for this one. Mud Creek still shut also. In other words, you can’t get there from here, or from pretty much anywhere for now. Cambria to Ragged Point still open and Carmel to Coast Gallery open for the time being.
View from South of New Slide by Amber Rose who works at Lucia Lodge.
A locals perspective -Jon Knight drove from Big Creek to Partington Cove and saw no significant slides – rocks, yes. Slides, no. But there is now a second slide near Limekiln. This is what the CHP website says:
 2ND SLIDE / SR1 AT LIMEKILN / VEHES CAN PASS OVER THE RUBBLE / FLARES OUT / ONE WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL
9:06 PM 12  ORIG SLIDE SR1/JSO JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS / NB LANE IMPASSABLE / SB LANE OKAY / FLARES PUT OUT
9:05 PM 11  B27-062 1039 ROGER BARNES / TURNED ON PORTABLE CMS SIGNS SB 1 JSO RIO RD/NB 1 AT WILLOW SPRINGS/ AND NB 1 AT HEARST CASTLE TO WARN OF ROCKSLIDES AHEAD
8:38 PM 10  B27-062 DETERIMED LIMELKIN SLIDE MORE IMPORTANT / VEHS CAN SLOWLY PASS OVER RUBBLE / WILL DO ONE WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL
8:22 PM 9  NB LANE COMPLETELY BLOCKED / SB LANE OPEN
7:50 PM 8  [Notification] [CHP]-BRUCE OHAGEN CAL TRANS L/L ADVS THIS IS AT MM 36 WILL NOT RESP DUE TO SAFETY BUT CAN RESP TOMORROW AT 0600 HRS
7:01 PM 7  S1 CTC CT REQ BARICADES FOR SLIDE, L1 NOTIFIED, S1 AVAIL BY CELL FOR UPDATES, NEEDS TO KNOW IF FULL RDWY OR 1 LANE ONLY
Note that there is no MM noted, yet, so this slide could be anywhere within 5 miles of JP Burns, especially if reported by tourists.
Details 00349 6:24 PM Mud/Dirt/Rock Cabrillo Hwy SR 1 AT JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK Monterey
6:50 PM 6  THEY MAY BE ABLE TO RESPOND IF CLOSE ENUF
6:49 PM 5  1039 RAY ORTEGA / WHEN UNIT GOES 97 ADVS WHAT MM
6:48 PM 4  1039 SLO CHP W/INFO
6:42 PM 3  27-S1 SINCE CT WILL NOT RESPOND, ASK FOR ETA IN THE MORNING FOR WHEN THEY WILL RESPOND
6:41 PM 2  27-S1 ATIVATE CMS SIGNS FOR SR1 CLOSED OR DELAYED DUE TO MUDSLIDES NB AND SB
6:26 PM 1  MAJORITY IN NB LN
6:35 PM 2 Unit Assigned
6:35 PM 1 Unit Enroute
What a photo! What a challenge! What a mess! These are the same people who lost houses in the Basin Fire of 2008. They are a tough group. Thanks for sharing your world, Sula.
On another note, repairing this road will be an expensive and private affair. It has been suggested that the road association might want to set up a fund that people could donate to. Carmel Pine Cone indicates it will be 1/2 million dollars to fix. Ouch! I will keep you posted if I learn more.
These first two photos are CalTrans photos, this is what it looked like BEFORE RK got there. the next six are by Rock Knocker, and you can see the “after” of the first CT photo is number 6 in RK’s. (okay, CT photos not loading right away, so be back in a bit.)
This gives you an idea of what is going on …
This shows what is on the verge on coming down, and helps to show why CT needs to keep this closed while they figure out how to deal with this.
It takes a village to keep THIS ROAD open … And geologists, and engineers, and heavy equipment operators, and machines!
9:30 am – another slide, this one near River Inn. Only blocking 1/2 a lane, so not closing road. Should be able to get clear in no time, but considering that we have more rain on the way for the next two days, could be a precursor of things to come. Please be safe out there!
10:30 pm – local says GBS cleared boulder and were letting people through. It is still “officially” closed as far as I know.
9:15 pm – NOTICE – Just got a call from CT PR, Collin Jones. A slide at Rain Rocks, MM 21has the highway closed From Ragged Point to Big Sur MM 71 to 41. Will reassess the situation in the am. I’ll keep you all updated. One can get to big Sur and Lucia from the north, but not from the south.
Thanks bigsurdeb for having my back and being this blog’s incredible back-up! You mean the world to us!
9:00 pm – conserving power for posting tomorrow, first light, and also conserving my own power, as I have been sick with a nasty grunge for DAYS!! Check back in the am, and I will post what I can find out.
6:45 pm – I have received another 1/4 inch in the last 45 minutes. It is POURING, some hail, too. Imagine being inside a tin can with someone shooting BBs at you. That is what it is like up here, at the moment.
6:00 pm – This is from various sources:
Highway 1 is closed in both directions because of a mud slide. The CHP website has the south end closure at MM 44 (Nepenthe), and the north closure at 46, I believe, and cars are being turned around in both directions. Per CHP, closure all night, crew to clear in am. Reports are that this mudslide is significant, and one can NOT get through, even locals. Updates, as available, and my battery power allows.
It is being reported that the mudslide is at the Big Sur River in the State Park, and that the mud is near the top of the K-rails surrounding the Big Sur Lodge, and that same water has seeped into the Lodge itself. If my friends who live near-by send me any photos tomorrow, I will be sure and post them.
Also, it is raining like crazy up here, and I received 3/4″ since 8 am. Season rain totals tomorrow.