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Hwy 1 update 

CALTRANSHIGHWAY 1 UPDATE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

10:00 PM
Photos from today of: 1-2) Mud Creek (PM 8.8) and 3) one lane open at River Inn (PM 49.30)

 

SR-1 FULL CLOSURE MOVED SOUTH–RAGGED PT (SLO PM 72.87) TO JSO PALO COLORADO (PM 61.50).

 

 

*IMPORTANT NOTE TO LOCALS: SEVERAL DAYS OF RAIN ARE ANTICIPATED TO CONTINUE THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22. DUE TO SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE WILL REMAIN FULLY CLOSED, INCLUDING TO PEDESTRIAN AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. THE NEXT BRIDGE INSPECTION WILL BE MADE EITHER ON TUESDAY, FEB. 21 OR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, AFTER THE RAIN, BUT IT IS NOT LIKELY THE BRIDGE WILL RE-OPEN.

 

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

 

LOCALS may travel in a truck or high center vehicle, daytime only 

1) between Ragged. Pt. and Lucia and 

2) JNO Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge to/from north.

 

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-morning tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 22.

 

NOTE: For information on emergency services for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg@co.monterey.ca.us or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO atcarrollm@co.monterey.ca.us or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

Helicopter flights 

Hello Big Sur!
Here’s an update from Specialized Helicopters.
Specialized Helicopters will be providing flights in and out of Big Sur tomorrow, (Wednesday) from 8am to about noon or as needed. The only 2 authorized locations at this point are Monterey airport and Post Ranch Inn. So please plan your route from one of this locations to the other for now. The more seats we fill each way with persons or supplies the lower the per seat cost. Currently it is about $780 for us to fly round trip from Watsonville to Post Ranch Inn and back to Monterey. We are trying to keep the costs down for all involved and that takes coordination. So please be flexible if you can so we can accommodate as many as possible at the best possible price. Please call our office starting at 9am to coordinate a flight. We have several morning flights booked and have 1 or 2 seats to fill. (831) 763-2244
AMR is flying in two people and supplies on one flight and a second flight is flying in a water tech so there are two seats available to fly in on that flight. If the helicopter is full the price can be around $130/leg. I know there are homeowners trying to get back to their homes and there may be other unique needs and we are trying to accommodate these needs. We are still working on getting a landing zone closer to the north side of the bridge to bring the shuttle flight cost down to move people north over the bridge but at this point Highway 1 is closed at Granite Creek Bridge (PM 65) which puts it at Garrapata State Park.

Palo update 

Be advised Palo Colorado Rd from the turn at the bottom of Murray grade down to Garrapatos Bridge is extremely compromised and closed off .. The crews of generous canyon folk and brigade members have worked all day and have most of the water running back into the creek bed .. What remains is multiple layers of old pavement scarred and uneven… The edges of the road are undercut and if driven over could collapse We advise that it is not safe at this time to drive .. walking or quads ..OK ..We have no idea when help will arrive from the county as they are stretched thin equipment and rock scarce please be patient ..Your Jerri

Update on Palo 

So we have barriers up across Palo at Green Ridge. The road is holding up but it will not for long if people keep driving over it with vehicles. Lightweight quads would be best as this AM we watched people trying to move vehicles across and pavement was falling in. Most were just out to look. So I beg you if you want to look then enjoy nature and walk…you wont get far as the water is very swift and we already saw someone knocked off their feet and started to go down. Not worth it. Lets stay off the road unless there is an emergency! If you want to move vehicles out of the canyon do it now because I don’t think that option will be available much longer. Come back on a quad or walk please.I spoke to the County and related our needs…..unfortunately the quarry road in Aromas disappeared and they will have to go far north (Sacramento) for rock and will be competing with everyone else in the same boat and that boat is huge. I doubt the County and Norm (with little sleep) will make much progress as the continuous silt build up wont stop. Sounded like the County was looking for an excavator to rent…(right) so I doubt we will see them here.

Nobody wants to hear this but if you are not ready to ride it out then please consider the Red Cross shelter at the Middle School until after this weekend.

More rain is expected later today and heavy rain again on Friday/Saturday predicted now.

Matt is working on Garrapatos, Brian on Upper Rocky Creek. The road on rocky creek between the two slides is now impassable with the possibility of several more large slides occurring between the two slides. Long Ridge doing ok except for one slide below our house with the Long Ridge crew working to shield it.

Palo Colorado above the 5 miles marker is impassable.

Palo Colorado from the Hoist to the break – couple of small slides. The pedestrian bridge remains but the walk around portion is knee deep mucky silt. The creek is still raging but all home above still appear to have no danger.

Palo Colorado from the break to the fire station has several more slides but all vehicles look ok except for the one vehicle left below Brandon Creek.

Palo Colorado from the station to the bottom of the grade two new slides

Palo Colorado from the grade to Garrapatos is the new creek

Palo Colorado from Garrapatos to Highway 1 has two crossing that are silting in as the road has become the creek

Highway 1 at Hurricane Point now closed with a large slide

Highway 1 north of Palo is ok but numerous rocks and small slides in the road
I will continue to try to keep you updated as much as possible. If you need sandbags let me know. You will now have to fill them yourselves as the County can not get here to deliver filled ones.
Please remember to call the Fire Brigade number 831-625-8175 not the station as it generally is unstaffed and as stated messages go unanswered.

The following is the information for flights out of Big Sur for the residents in the area:
Post Ranch LZ to Monterey Regional Airport will be $780 per flight. So, if there are three passengers it splits 3-ways, etc.. The helicopter seats up to three people, however there is no separate baggage compartment, so bag space is limited with all three seats filled (essentially whatever fits in each passenger’s lap, weight permitting). As of right now, flights will be flown as requests come in. We will do our best to line up multiple flights in order to amortize the ferry costs across all parties, which will in turn lower the total cost for each customer. Please contact Specialized Helicopters at (831) 763-2244 with any additional questions or to book a flight.
Also, we will be utilizing the facebook page, Big Sur Information to disseminate information on flights, open seats, price updates, landing locations, etc.​
We are working on creating a Landing Zone north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge so we can create shorter shuttles and bring the price down. Stay tuned. 

Hwy 1

CALTRANSHighway 1 Update

Monday, February 20

8:00 PM
Photos from today show various slides and debris from PM 47 to PM 64.

 

(RE: SIG ALERT-HWY 1 CLOSED) : SR-1 FULL CLOSURE MOVED SOUTH–RAGGED PT (SLO PM 72.87) TO JNO PT. SUR FACILITY (MON PM 54.5) AS OF 7PM. THIS INCLUDES LOCAL ACCESS.

 

Caltrans Willow Springs reported excessive rain at Mud Creek and Big Sur Maintenance reported 20-30 slides between Pfeiffer Bridge and the Crab Lab. Be Safe.

 

 

*IMPORTANT NOTE TO LOCALS: SEVERAL DAYS OF RAIN ARE ANTICIPATED TO CONTINUE THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22. DUE TO SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE WILL REMAIN FULLY CLOSED, INCLUDING TO PEDESTRIAN AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. THE NEXT BRIDGE INSPECTION WILL BE MADE EITHER ON TUESDAY, FEB. 21 OR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, AFTER THE RAIN, BUT IT IS NOT LIKELY THE BRIDGE WILL RE-OPEN.

 

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

 

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-morning tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 21.

 

NOTE: For information on emergency services for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg@co.monterey.ca.us or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO atcarrollm@co.monterey.ca.us or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

 

 

Palo update 

Strong winds (we are receiving close to 70 mph gusts at our home right now) predicted until 3am and lots more rain coming our way till Tuesday evening around 10pm. The storm that hit us this morning headed north on its destructive path and the second wave is now headed south with what currently looks like a strong hit to our area. We could see an additional 4-6 inches of rain this evening into tomorrow. Numerous slides are now visible on our hillsides.PG&E decided to brave the weather and repaired the downed wires to restore service. They had to initially shut power down from the Otter Cover Substation to the Highlands until the break could be isolated as the lines stayed live. Helps to have the cell number of the guy in charge. Thanks always to PG&E.
Highway 1 has a soft closure (residents only) at Granite Canyon (by the NOAA site as discussed earlier) for all southbound traffic.

There was a mudslide near Hurricane Point…down to one lane on the Southbound side.

The hard closure remains in Big Sur at the bridge.
The break in the road has increased in size on Palo Colorado at the 5 mile marker assessable now only by foot.

Long Ridge has had some decent slides down to the County road but the road is still hanging in there.

Rocky Creek at the first slide lost a decent amount of overburden and there are several spots where the road cracks which are now fairly large are enlarging and have dropped a couple of inches.

Green Ridge down through the Goetz property/Tanya/Cooper is now impassable according to Norm due to silt buildup.

Garrapatos lost the last bit of the retaining wall to the creek and continues to see trees down.

Coast Road is impassable past the Mesa.
Drive slow, stay safe!