Rockslide closes Hwy. 199


By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

A continually moving rockslide shut down between Gasquet and Hiouchi for nearly four hours Monday afternoon, but officials say they are keeping an eye on the slide area.

andquot;If we get more rain it may start up again,andquot; California Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Fletcher said. andquot;This area has been sliding for at least a week now.andquot;

The slide was unstable, he said, noting that debris would continually trickled down the slope into the road.

andquot;It was an active slide,andquot; he said. andquot;It seemed like it was always moving.andquot;

The rock slide started at 11:30 a.m. and crews from Caltrans did not clear it until about 3:20 p.m.

andquot;The material had stabilized again,andquot; Caltrans Public Information Officer Ann Marie Jones said, adding that crews would not have opened the road to commuters otherwise.

But she added, andquot;We live in an area where these kinds of things can occur.andquot;

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