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Caltrans officials say that Highway 50 has reopened at Meyers for vehicles with chain controls.
Original story below.
EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Traffic has come to a standstill on westbound Highway 50, with rocks blocking the roadway, Caltrans said Sunday evening.
Those boulders, which are near Echo Summit, will have to be “blasted” in order to clear the roadway, Caltrans said. The estimated time of reopening is around 2 a.m. Meanwhile, there is one-way traffic control.
The pounding rain has replaced the crackling of the Caldor Fire from August.
Steve Nelson, with Caltrans District 3, said the highway has experienced numerous disruptions.
“We have responded to several incidents today,” Nelson said. “We’ve had some flooding in the fire zone. And we’ve had some trees, hazardous trees that fell down on the highway.”
The El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services issued a flood risk warning to those living in the burn areas, urging them to be vigilant as heavy rainfall increases the chance for flash flooding, deadly debris flows and mudslides.
Back in August, this was one of the burn areas of the Caldor Fire. And the south fork of the American River certainly wasn’t as full or moving as fast.
In the meantime, those travelling on Highway 50 told FOX40 the weather caused big delays.
Traveler Sonja Atrisco, who was driving through from Los Angeles, told FOX40 the stormy weather had drivers taking the road extra slow.
“I think we left around 4. It should be an hour, driving it took us almost 10 hours,” Atrisco said.
Angelo and Ruby Rivas from Stockton, who enjoyed Lake Tahoe with family, also experienced delays.
“It’s taking a little longer to get home,” Ruby Rivas said. “Definitely pretty wet over there.”
“Drive safe and just watch the road,” Angelo Rivas advised.