Rock slide causes problems for drivers

Rock slide causes problems for drivers

MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif - GoPro video shows the drive up to Mariposa county Tuesday. The blurriness is from the rain that fell on Highway 41 near Oakhurst. At other times, it was dry but ominous clouds still lingered above. 

"It's a little nerve-racking, especially when you're coming around corners and low visibility," said Mandy, a Mariposa resident. 

Some drivers like Mandy got stuck and turned around on State Route 49 all because of a rock slide. 

"Yeah about an hour and a half delay," Mandy said. 

California Highway Patrol spokesman Adrian Perez said recent fires scorched a lot of vegetation to the north of the highway, causing mud and rock to spill down onto the road. 

"Our main concern are the state highway areas that went through the Detwiler fire," Officer Perez said. 

Perez said Cal-Trans has been proactive by forming runoffs in the months leading up to the rainy season. 

"We haven't had a lot of rain yet, so it's allowed them time to do a lot of work on the shoulders of the roadway, the drainage ditches, the culverts that go under the roads," Perez said. 

Ron Poterff said he had a smooth commute from Fresno to Mariposa. "It was just great, maybe we were just lucky in our drive," Poterff said. 

The CHP said crashes were not a problem early Tuesday evening. 

Mandy said many folks who live there know what to expect. 

"We're a little more used to weather up here just because our roads are so windy, we just know to pay a little more attention when we're driving," she said. 

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