The sights and sounds of last nights storms in the mountains and foothills were accompanied by scenes a little less refreshing after a dry start to the season.
Multiple rock and mudslides overnight across the region.
“Our crews were out there all night to re-open 190, to residents from Camp Nelson and residents from Springville. The roadway was blocked off.” says Christian Lukens with Caltrans of Kern and Tulare Counties.
Further North Highway 41 was also dealing with it’s own rockslide, also closing down the road.
“About 2:30 this morning we had a pocket of rocks come down into the Northbound and Southbound lanes.” Tim Mcclurg commented on seen of the early morning slide.
Caltrans officials and crews across the state responded to phone calls and reports through the evening and into the morning. Lukans says it’s all just a reminder to be prepared at all times when traveling into the mountains this time of year, especially with chains.
“Weather can change pretty drastically at any given moment and maybe you didn’t need them going up but your going to need them coming back down.”
“We have seen an increase in visitations since we did start seeing snow in the elevations.” comments Alex Olow with the Sierra National Forest.
Olow says he’s glad to see that so many are eager to enjoy our recently snowy terrain but warns of those same travel risks when heading out.
“Some of the roads have experience vehicles getting stuck, those were folks that weren’t prepared for it.”
Chains, snacks and an extra layer of warm clothes are just a few of the items that are recommended for those on these roads, just a little more planning for a little more snow.
“The more snow we get the better off it is for filling the reservoirs.”