Pacific Coast Highway closed by Landslide – Again as presented by: Los Angeles Times

This is one never-ending Southern California story: A landslide closes Pacific Coast Highway. Los Angeles Times staff writer Veronica Rocha reported this very familiar story on Dec. 15: A portion of Pacific Coast Highway will be closed for three to four weeks after more than a dozen mud and rock slides from last week’s storm overwhelmed the roadway. In some places, mud, trees and rocks as high as 4 feet covered the scenic route between Yerba Buena and Las Posas roads in Ventura County. The cleanup and damage from one of the most powerful storms to hit California in several mostly dry years was so extensive it has forced officials to shut the famous highway for repairs, said Patrick Chandler, spokesman of the California Department of Transportation. “It’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” he said. Digging through the Los Angeles Times Archives uncovered landslide images dating back to 1941. Back then Pacific Coast Highway was the Roosevelt Highway.

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