Highway 38 reopens to Big Bear after heavy downpours, mud flow prompted temporary closure

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Heavy afternoon rain in the Big Bear area prompted the temporary closure of Highway 38 on Friday afternoon after reports of debris, rock and mud flow, officials reported.

Highway 38 was closed from Valley of the Falls Drive to Lake Williams Drive in Big Bear, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said in a news release posted on Twitter. CalTrans crews were on scene working to clear the debris throughout the evening, and around 5 p.m. officials said there would be no access to Big Bear through Highway 38 overnight.

But just after 9 p.m., Caltrans said Highway 38 was reopened and access to Big Bear would resume with escorts all night up and down from just above Angelus Oaks to Jenks Lake West.

Highway 330 and Highway 18 were still recommended as alternate routes. Officials urged motorists to slow down as the roads remain muddy and to check for road closures at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

Sky5 was over Highway 38 on Friday evening and captured footage of tractors pushing mud off of the roadway.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory that remains in effect for San Bernardino County until 5:30 p.m. Another storm was expected for the Big Bear area on Saturday.

Minor flooding was expected for Big Bear City, Onyx Summit, Mount San Gorgonio, Forest Falls, Lucerne Valley, Big Bear Lake, Sugarloaf, Baldwin Lake, Highway 18 between Baldwin Lake, Highway 38 between Yucaipa and Onyx Summit, Woodlands, Heart Bar Campground, Barton Flats Campground and Fawnskin.

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