Mudslide blocks stretch of Rock Creek Rd. in El Dorado County

5:06 PM, Mar 8, 2011   |    comments
Mudslide at Rock Creek Road
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EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A mudslide on Rock Creek Road three miles east of Highway 193 near Placerville will keep Rock Creek Road inaccessible for at least several days, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The slide came down at around 1:30 on Monday afternoon.

There were no reports of injuries.

The narrow road on the north side of the canyon on the South Fork of the American River was covered with tons of rock, earth and debris, including small trees.

"When it's raining, I won't drive this road. It's been raining the last few days. That's why it happened," said John Harmon, who lives in Swansboro, about six miles to the east.

Rick Natrass, who lives in nearby Mosquito, said many commuters will have to use Mosquito Road, a longer way around for those who used Rock Creek Road to commute to the west.

Harmon said the closure could add over an hour to his commute each day. "For some people that'll be an extra $10 worth of gas."

Some residents speculated it might take much longer than the estimate of up to four days to get the road repaired.

"I haven't seen the rockslide, but I know this road, I know this county," said Harmon, who said repairs after similar damage in the past has taken much longer. 


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