Rockslide closes Hwy. 199

March 26, 2007 11:00 pm

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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