PCH Reopens Following Cleanup of Mudslide Triggered by SoCal Storm

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A 13-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway reopened Monday evening after crews cleaned up a mudslide amid another round of showers in Southern California earlier that morning. Caltrans reopened all the highway’s lanes from Malibu to Oxnard around 8 p.m., according to Malibu city officials. PCH was closed between Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu and Las Posas Road in Ventura County after a Saturday night storm “wreaked havoc” on the coastal highway, according to Caltrans. Another road closure in the area, a portion of Decker Canyon Road from PCH to upper Mulholland Highway, will remain closed indefinitely, Malibu officials said. The storm, which brought rainfall rates of more than half-an-inch per hour, triggered mudslides and debris flows that left several vehicles stuck in the mud-caked roadway. Earlier, officials had said it could take until Tuesday to clean up the muck after more rain hit the region during the morning commute. Around 6:30 p.m.,the National Weather Service tweeted that light-to-moderate rain was expected to drench L.A. and Ventura counties “for a few more hours.” Ultimately, about a half of inch of precipitation fell along the coastline between Oxnard and Santa Monica over the course of the day. The latest round of rain flooded a stretch of the southbound 101 Freeway from California Street to Seaward Avenue, prompting two of three lanes to be closed until at least 10 a.m., according to Caltrans. Forecasters had warned the storm could lead to more roadway flooding on Monday; they are urging motorists to turn around and take an alternate route if they encounter such conditions. The weather service said light to moderate rain could return to the area Wednesday.

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