Hwy 211 to Ferndale Closed at Fernbridge
The view from Fernbridge [Video by Macy Brown]
During this last storm the Eel River breached its banks at Fernbridge. Early this morning, Caltrans closed Hwy 211 from the bridge to Waddington Road. That means Ferndale residents would have to travel back roads to get in or out of their little village.
The tides peak a little after 10 this morning and there have been only showers today so residents hope 211 will open later today. “I’m guessing that as soon as the tide starts going out these flood waters are going to go down fast.,” says local Tyler Grunert.
Meanwhile, those who get stuck have their neighbors to help.
Grunert reports that the driver of a small pickup tried to drive out of Cannibal Island Road and got stuck in the flood waters. But a local dairyman used his tractor to rescue the stranded motorist.
The Eels’ water engulfed the land on the west side of the bridge. Here’s a video from local Lauren Lazio showing the vast expanse of brown liquid running everywhere.
Grunert reports there are multiple people walking out on the bridge and enjoying the unusual view. “Fernbridge is a theme park right now,” he said.
If so, it’s an unusually beautiful one.It even has a rainbow and two big smiles.