[UPDATE 10:28 p.m.] Roads and Weather, Tuesday

Though yesterday was pretty wet, today is expected to be very stormy with high winds and heavy rains at times. “Thunderstorms will be possible around coastal areas and the near interior this afternoon and evening,” reports the National Weather Service. “Dark clouds could mean there are hail covered roads ahead.”

The winds could down more trees–closing roads and causing even more power outages (keep track here.) The heavy rains could mean ponding on the road and possibly some flooding of low lying areas.

Below we’re keep you updated with the latest information on road condition throughout the day below.

Weather update 2 p.m.: According to the National Weather Service, “Heavy rain rates have ended, with lighter rain filling in. However, main stem rivers will continue to rise over the next 12-24 hrs.”

UPDATES in green below.

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.”
      • Road closed Hwy 1 Pamela Braham Robinson

        Road closed sign on westbound Hwy 1 near Leggett. [Photo by Pamela Braham Robinson]

        “They are hauling truckload after truckload of mud out at a steady pace,” reports Pamela Robinson, a local resident. “2No telling when Hwy 1 will be open because the slide keeps coming down.”
      • It is also closed at Manchester.
    • Hwy 3: According to Caltrans, near Fort JonesChains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel or all wheel drive vehicles.”
    • Hwy 36:
      • Beginning at the Junction with Hwy 3, Caltrans says, “Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel / all wheel drive vehicles with snow treaded tires on all wheels.”
      • Slide near Forest Glen currently clear but it needs constant work.
      • As of 2:29 p.m. Caltrans warns, “Due to the predicted flooding of the Van Duzen River in Humboldt County, Route 36 may be placed under a full closure this afternoon or this evening. Predictions for the monitoring station near Grizzly Creek State Park suggest the river will crest at 19’4”, which could inundate Route 36 and create unsafe traveling conditions. If these conditions exist, we’ll be forced to close the highway until floodwaters recede.
    • Hwy 96: According to Caltrans, beginning at two miles east of Happy Camp, “Trucks and vehicles pulling trailers require chains, traction devices or snow tires on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel or all wheel drive vehicles.”
    • Hwy 101: Currently mostly clear. Lots of water and mud
      • Mud, water, and miscellaneous debris between Laytonville and the Covelo Road [Hwy 162] turnoff. 

        slurry across freeway

        Image provided by a reader taken about 2:30 p.m.

    • Willits is very wet. Photo from the Mendocino County Sheriff. Flooded Willits Tweet from Mendo Sheriff
  • Hwy 199: Mostly clear. No chains required.
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants): Closed likely overnight due to downed trees between Myers Flat and Burlington. (For the latest information, click here.)

    Redwood down on the Avenue of the Giants

    Photo provided by a reader

  • 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)

log chainsawed to open a road

Ettersburg Road just north of Dutyville Road. [Photo by Marianne Odisio]

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

  • Old Arcata Road-Flooding at Jacoby
  • Arcata City Roads:
    • Buttermilk Lane near 2777
    • Jackson Ranch Road at Foster Avenue: Flooded
  • Bald Hills – open but very narrow
  • Camp Kimtu Road- Flood traveled with caution
  • Camp Weott -closed
  • Cock Robin Island-flooding travel with caution
  • Coffee Creek Road, closed due to flooding
  • Dillon Rd – closed between Riverside and Goble Lane, flooded
  • Elk Creek Road in Myers Flat -flooded
  • Elk River Road-flooded at Berta
  • Eureka roads:
    • Corner of Walnut Drive and Redwood Street: Flooded
  • Evergreen Road (near Redway): Still open but a slide keeps pushing. [More information here.]
  • Fields Landing Road-flooded
  • Graham Road: closed
  • Goble Lane – closed between Dillon and Fulmor, flooded
  • Goble Lane – closed between Fulmor and Sage, flooded
  • Goble Lane – closed between Sage and 211, flooded
  • Hookton Road–closed
  • Fulmor Rd – closed past Goble
  • Nissen Road – closed
  • Maple Creek Road at slide- 1 lane traffic open
  • Meridian  Road – closed
  • Morgan Road: closed
  • Mosswood Road in Benbow: Detour to East Blue Rock
  • Pine Hill at Elk River-flooded
  • Port Kenyon – closed, flooded
  • McCann Ferry is not operating (Too much debris in the water]
  • Redcap Road-slide mile marker 5
  • Redwood Drive: Now Open at the Bluffs [More information here.]
    • Slide at Dazey’s
    • Now open at Dean Creek: Mudslide [More information here]

      Slide between Dean Creek and Dazey’s [Photo provided by Stacy Trabue]

  • Shively Road: slide at mile marker 3.5 one lane only
  • Showers Pass Road: 4WD only
  • Sole Street-flooded
  • Turner Road in McKinleyville: Slide should open by 6 p.m.


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