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06 Dec 2018 | 07:12 PM UTC

US: Pacific Coast Highway closed near Malibu due to mudslide Dec. 6 /update 3

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Pacific Coast Highway closed near Malibu (California) due to mudslide December 6; authorities issue flood warnings and advisories

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/6/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/7/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Malibu (California), Leo Carrillo State Beach (California)

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Part of the Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1) has been closed in both directions near Malibu (California) due to a mudslide on the route near Leo Carrillo State Beach on Thursday morning, December 6 (local time). The mudslide was caused by recent heavy rain in the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire burn areas. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the route remains closed from Kanan Dume Road to the Ventura county line.

Flash flood warnings were in effect for the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire burn areas in eastern Ventura county and the Woolsey Fire burn area in western Los Angeles county until 10:45, and a flood advisory is in effect until 11:45 in Los Angeles county; lingering, localized flooding and consequent mudslides are possible in the area as rainfall is forecast to continue through Thursday evening. Further consequent transportation disruptions are possible in the coming hours.


California regularly experiences wildfires from May through November and this year had some of the largest and deadliest fires in the state's recorded history.

Due to a lack of living vegetation and the presence of ash, mudslides and debris flows are common during rainstorms following the wildfire season.


Individuals in the affected areas of Southern California are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and avoid areas downhill from burn scars. Walking or driving through high or running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water can knock over an adult.


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