A landslide triggered by heavy rain this weekend along Highway 38 in the San Bernardino Mountains has caused closures on the highway along the 2020 El Dorado fire burn scar Sunday July 31 afternoon.
Hwy 38 at Valley of the Falls Dr. closed due to mud on roadway near Angelus Oaks. Please find an alternate route to mountain communities. Please heed flash flood warnings. pic.twitter.com/2RDhX7rWQJ
— Yucaipa Police (@YucaipaPD) July 31, 2022
The closure occurred in both directions between Jenks Lake Road and Valley of the Falls Drive outside of Yucaipa after debris swept across the freeway around 12 p.m., Caltrans said. It was not immediately clear how long the shutdown would be in place.
California Highway Patrol witnesses said about 30 cars were stuck in the mudslide in the Hills Ranch Road area near Angelus Oaks. The San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to “numerous” swiftwater rescues of stranded motorists, but the number of rescues was not immediately clear, said department spokesman Eric Sherwin. fire.
Caltrans workers had made way for first responders to help with the flooding, said Emily Leinen, a Caltrans spokeswoman. No injuries were reported, Leinen and Sherwin said.
Motorists have been advised to wait for the storm to pass or plan alternate routes.
On Sunday, radar estimated precipitation levels near Angelus Oaks between 0.75 inches and 1.5 inches, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Adams.
SBCO: SR-38 closed in both directions from Jenks Lake Rd to Valley of the Falls Dr due to flooding. Wait for the storm to pass or use an alternate route. Lighting duration unknown. #Caltrans8 pic.twitter.com/8DoemscOE5
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) July 31, 2022
On Saturday, the National Weather Service reported scattered thunderstorms, prompting flood watches in the San Bernardino Mountains. These were to remain in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday.
A road closure in Potato Canyon at Oak Glen Road in Oak Glen following flooding on Saturday, July 30 remained in effect Sunday, according to Cal Fire San Bernardino.
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