[UPDATE 2:35 p.m.] Weather and Roads for Monday

The Eel River rises behind of the Benbow Inn yesterday. [Photo by Britney Willison]

Battered by heavy wind and rains, the Emerald Counties should expect more of the same but less intensely as wet weather continues today.

According to the National Weather Service, “A line of T-storms is moving towards the N. Humboldt & Del Norte coast. Sporadic lightning/gusty winds expected near coast” about 3:15 p.m.

In addition, the National Weather Service predicts that today will be windy and tomorrow will be windier.However, later today and throughout the night expect heavy rains.

According to the National Weather Service, the Eel River has passed the flood stage at Fernbridge. But the waters are expected to recede later today (though they are predicted to rise over flood stage again on Wednesday). Because of this, according to the Weather Service, “[T]he western half of the Eel Delta may be completely flooded, especially if at or above this level for an extended period of time. This includes areas northwest of Loleta and the western portion of Cannibal Island Road.”

car smashed by tree

Closeup of car smashed by a tree in Cooks Valley. [Photo by Shanda Rial Centeno]

Major Highways:

(Most information below from Caltrans’ Quick Map. If you are heading to Oregon, check their similar site.)

  • HWY 1: Caltrans reports this is closed about 1.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 101 in Mendocino County is closed due to an active slide. It is not known how long it will remain closed.” It is also closed at Manchester.
  • Hwy 3: Caltrans shows as clear.
  • Hwy 36:
    • Beginning three miles east of MadRiver, Caltrans says, “Chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel or all wheel drive vehicles.”
  • Hwy 96: Road open but watch for slides.
  • Hwy 101: Currently mostly clear.
  • Hwy 199: Mostly clear. No chains required.
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants): Mostly clear.
  • HWY 299: Mostly clear. However, the large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel.

Humboldt County Roads: (Plus some from Mendocino)

Road slipout

A slip out on Alderpoint Road. [Photo by Jennifer Kubik]

As yet we do not have a clear picture the county roads. As we learn details, we will add the information below.

  • Bair Road – open from Hoopa to Stover Rd
  • Bair Road – open from Hoopa to Stover Rd
  • Bald Hills – open but very narrow
  • Bell Springs Road-Open with some debris on the road but passable.
  • Camp Weott -closed
  • Coffee Creek Road, Closed due to flooding
  • Dillon Rd – closed between Riverside and Goble Lane, flooded
  • Goble Lane – closed between Dillon and Fulmor, flooded
  • Goble Lane – closed between Fulmor and Sage, flooded
  • Goble Lane – closed between Sage and 211, flooded
  • Fulmor Rd – closed past Goble
  • Island Mountain–Clear
  • Nissen Road – closed
  • Maple Creek Road at slide- 1 lane traffic open
  • Meridian  Road – closed
  • Port Kenyon – closed, flooded
  • McCann Ferry is not operating (Too much debris in the water]
  • Redwood Drive open

Large tree fell from in front of the church on Redway Drive in Redway. [Photo by Erin Snodgrass]

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