Traffic flowing in SLO County following mud cleanup

October 19, 2015
Highway 58 mudflow

Highway 58 mudflow

Traffic on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County is now moving, following weekend delays caused by out-of-county mudslides.

Flash flooding and mudslides led to the closure of parts of Interstate 5 and Highway 58 late last week, according to the California Highway Patrol. The closures caused a buildup of traffic on Highway 101, as well as highways 41 and 46 in SLO County. Many of the rerouted vehicles were semi-trucks.

Officials closed the Grapevine section of I-5 Thursday afternoon and reopened it Friday night. As of Sunday morning, 33 vehicles and 13 trucks remained stuck in mud on Highway 58, according to Caltrans.

The LA Times reports one big rig and about six car remain stuck in mud and debris Monday morning. That section of Highway 58, which is east of Tehachapi, is still closed.

The mudflows in the area reached five to six feet in height on Thursday and trapped nearly 200 vehicles. There have been no reports of deaths as a result of the mudslides.

Jorge Estrada

This is nothing new on Santa Margarita’s Highway 58, this town just outlaws trucks unless they are delivering art projects. Locally it is not a mudflow, it is a BEEPflow.