California's heavy rains claimed another natural disaster last weekend when a portion of Highway 1 was buried under a 40-foot layer of dirt and rocks. The slide continued past the highway, creating a new apron of land along the coastline.
More than a million tons of material slid down a slope near Mud Creek, covering about one-quarter mile of the highway. Mud Creek is about 25 miles north of San Simeon (Hearst Castle). Highway 1 was already closed to repair buckled pavement caused by an earlier slide. Crews and heavy equipment had been removed from the area earlier when authorities saw that the area was becoming even more unstable.
California's record rains have caused over $1 billion in highway damage this fiscal year which ends in June.
Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Transportation, said, "We haven't been able to go up there and assess. It's still moving. We have geologists and engineers who are going to check it out this week to see how do we pick up the pieces."
No estimate as to when Highway 1 will reopen.