UPDATED: 5:0 pm
MENDOCINO CO., 2/9/17 — As the rains continue, road closures are happening around the region.
Here’s a CHP video, posted around 4pm, with advice on alternate routes, in the likely event that Perkins/Vichy Springs Road is closed this evening. It downloaded oddly, but you can still hear Officer Adams’ advice.
Here’s a list of road closures according to the Office of Emergency Services, including several county roads. The sheriff reposted it around 4:30 this afternoon:
While the rain has mostly stopped, another 0.25-0.5 inches are possible throughout the County today and tonight. 0.25-0.5 inches are also forecast tomorrow.
Currently the following roads are closed:
State Route 128 at Navarro
State Route 175 at Hopland
State Route 1 at Garcia and south of Leggett (no estimated time of opening at the closure south of Leggett)
Talmage Road at Babcock Lane (State Route 22)
Mountain View Road at mile post 7 (expected to open 1 lane tonight)
Laytonville Dos Rios Road at mile post 4.91 (long term closure)
Babcock Lane between Gobbi and Talmage
DOT is reporting Fish Rock is still open to the best of their knowledge but there has been constant slides along the road and it is only partially open/one lane in several spots. It is possible that additional slides could close the road.
Perkins is still open at this time.
There are about 150 residents without power throughout the County according to PG&E. The largest outage is over 100 residents near Branscomb.
Hwy. 128 is closed from mile marker 11 to Hwy. 1.
Hwy. 175 is closed just east of Hopland.
The 101 and the 271 near Piercy have had a bit of a dance of closures today. As of 3:45pm the CHP was reporting that the 271 is closed due to trees in the road, but the 101 has two lanes open, one northbound and one southbound due to an active landslide. Earlier today the 101 was closed near the Humboldt-Mendocino line and traffic was redirected onto the 271, now the opposite is true.
The slide is still active, so conditions could change quickly. The road is wet and the CHP advises motorists to watch out for falling rocks and trees.
Highway 1 remains closed near the 101 at Leggett, but you can watch a cool video of the slide shared by CalTrans here. Hwy. 1 is currently closing near the Garcia River. The Garcia River camera has been fixed and should be working, although neighbors note it is pointed at the creek and not the flat area that often floods. The 1 is also closed at the 128. On Monday, Feb. 13, CalTrans will be removing a log jam that has formed in the Navarro where it reaches Highway 1.
In, Willits, CHP is reporting issues at Reynolds Highway, where earlier there were rocks in the road. As of 1pm a respondent is reporting the roadway is “undermined and sinking into the waterway,” near the “sheep farm.” At 3:30pm the CHP reported that the highway is open.
Willits Charter School has also been closed for the day due to flooding at East Commercial Street and the Lenore Street Bridge.
Rivers in Mendocino are expected to reach flood stage again, especially the Navarro, predicted for Thursday afternoon. You can monitor local river forecasts at the California/Nevada River Forecast Center: www.cnrfc.noaa.gov. For latest road information visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.
CHP Incident page is reporting Mountainview Road west of Boonville is closed in both directions at mile marker 17.5 due to a slide as of 1:15pm.
There are also reports of a slide closing Robinson Creek Road near SR 253 as of 12:45pm. The CHP incident page states the slide is within 1.5 miles of the intersection but it is not clear exactly where as of now.
Route 36 in Humboldt is closed at the Carlotta Fire Station, estimated to open around 5pm, and about 2 miles west of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park. A landslide recently closed a business in Redway in the last hour though no one suffered major injuries. Kym Kemp at Redheaded Blackbelt is reporting Humboldt road information and school closures and is updating throughout the day.
Finally, here’s a summary of the wind speeds from last night, from NOAA.