Rain prompts mudslides, blocks roads in Los Angeles area

By in Press Enterprise on January 9, 2018

By Brenda Gazzar

Multiple mudslides have been reported in the Los Angeles area due to the overnight storm that has soaked denuded hillsides and other areas.

A mudslide has blocked a section of Topanga Canyon Boulevard about a mile and a half north of Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu area, the City of Malibu’s emergency services office reported via Twitter.

The city urged motorists to use alternate routes.

1/9 – 6:55 AM Topanga Cyn closed in both directions due to a mudslide. Use alternate routes. Rocks in lanes on #Malibu Cyn & Kanan, both roads are open & being cleared, but expect delays. Drive very cautiously, or choose alternate routes. https://t.co/nc0ZoruMAl. @991KBU pic.twitter.com/5QdeJOpRq1

— City of Malibu (@CityMalibu) January 9, 2018

In addition, Malibu city officials warned of hazardous driving conditions with loose rocks and debris reported in lanes on Malibu Canyon Road and Kanan Dume Road. They urged caution or to avoid canyon roads during the heavy rain.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) was en route to both of these locations, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson.

At the Westbound 91 Freeway west of the 710 Freeway, the No. 5 lane has been blocked with debris in the roadway.

Several Sig-Alerts have also been issued for collisions that have blocked freeways or lanes.

Among them, the northbound 5 Freeway south of Glendale Boulevard is completely closed following a fatal collision involving a big-rig. That call came out at 3:53 a.m. And was still closed as of about 7 a.m.

A Sig-Alert was issued at Westbound 118 Freeway at the Tampa Avenue offram due to a collision.

The No. 1 and 2 lanes of the northbound 14 Freeway north of Soledad Canyon Road have also been blocked due to a crash.

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