[UPDATED 2:12 p.m.: Closed Overnight!] Downed Trees Close the Avenue Between Myers Flat and Weott

The California Highway Patrol page reports that about 2:20 a.m., five trees fell on the Avenue of the Giants between Myers Flat and Burlington Campground south of Weott.

“Road is badly damaged,” reports someone from the scene.

We’ll update as soon as we can get information. If you have photos, please share so we can see what happened.

UPDATED 7:44 a.m.: According to Caltrans Quickmap, the road won’t be repaired until the 13th!

The road is also closed from eight miles south of Holmes Flat Road to 0.07 miles south from Barkdull Road due to emergency work. This isn’t expected to be finished until after five p.m. on Jan 11.

UPDATE 11:37 a.m.: 

Redwood down on the Avenue of the Giants

[Photo provided by a reader]


UPDATE 2:12 p.m.: Caltrans states,

Heavy equipment removes fallen tree from road[Photo from Caltran’s Facebook page]

 

This tree fell across Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants) approximately halfway between Burlington and Myers Flat in Humboldt County at around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, causing major damage to the roadway.

The section of tree you see being removed is 8 feet, 8 inches in diameter. The trunk was well over 10′ wide at its base. The damage caused by the tree is so severe that an overnight closure will be necessary while crews focus on keeping U.S. Highway 101 open to traffic. We hope to have repairs completed tomorrow. #CAStorm #CAFlood

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7 comments

  • Please be careful.be safe everyone.dont take chances

  • PLEASE turn on your headlights. Bad enough that the road is wet & slippery, visibility is greatly reduced by rain and darkness. And SLOW DOWN

  • Turn around don’t drown….

  • Honeydew Bridge Chump

    That’s a real tree!

    Some fine picnic tables can come from that.

  • Old 101 is turning into the Avenue of the Falling Giants. Sad to see them go.

  • “The section of tree you see being removed is 8 feet, 8 inches in diameter. The trunk was well over 10′ wide at its base.”

    That being has lived at least 500 years, perhaps over 1000. It deserves a proper elegy.

    “…in my soul I plainly heard.
    Murmuring out of its myriad leaves,
    Down from its lofty top, rising over a hundred feet high,
    Out of its stalwart trunk and limbs—out of its foot-thick bark,
    That chant of the seasons and time—chant not of the past only, but the future.
    You untold life of me,
    And all you venerable and innocent joys,
    Perennial, hardy life of me, with joys, ‘mid rain and many a summer sun,
    And the white snows, and night, and the wild winds;
    O the great patient, rugged joys! my soul’s strong joys, unreck’d by man;
    (For know I bear the soul befitting me—I too have consciousness, identity,
    And all the rocks and mountains have, and all the earth;)
    Joys of the life befitting me and brothers mine,
    Our time, our term has come.
    Nor yield we mournfully, majestic brothers,
    We who have grandly fill’d our time;
    With Nature’s calm content, and tacit, huge delight,
    We welcome what we wrought for through the past,
    And leave the field for them.
    For them predicted long,
    For a superior race—they too to grandly fill their time,
    For them we abdicate—in these ourselves, ye forest kings!
    In them these skies and airs—these mountain peaks—Shasta—Nevadas,
    These huge, precipitous cliffs—this amplitude—these valleys grand—Yosemite,
    To be in them absorb’d, assimilated.”

    – Walt Whitman (excerpt from ‘Song of the Redwood-Tree’, 1874)

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