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Posted: 5:54 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
KTVU.com and wires
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. —
A mud- and rockslide has closed state Highway 1 north of Jenner on the Sonoma Coast until at noon on Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The roadway is closed between Meyers Grade Road and Timber Cove Road north of Fort Ross.
A supervisor with the Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department's roads division discovered the slide around 1:08 p.m., CHP Officer Dave Thomas said.
Caltrans spokesman Adam Priest said Wednesday afternoon that the closure will be in effect until further notice.
Northbound traffic will be directed off of the highway at Meyers Grade Road and will re-enter Highway 1 at Fort Ross Road, Priest said.
Southbound traffic will exit at Fort Ross Road and re-enter at Meyers Grade Road, Priest said.
"We came this way this morning and we were able to get through, so it's kind of a bummer we can't go back the same way," said Gualala resident Jessica Maxwell.
Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time to reach their destinations, Priest said.
So far, the closure hadn't affected business at the Timber Cove Inn near Bodega Bay.
"All of our guests have gotten through, because I've gotten through to everyone and told them how to get here," said inn spokesperson Yvonne Corbin.
Still, some employees faced a tough time getting home Wednesday night.
"That's where everything ends; the electricity, the telephone lines. Everything ends right there," said area resident Stacy Dean.
The slide was not the only problem area impacted by the storm in the North Bay.
Closure signs were also posted on Valley Ford Road between Petaluma and Bodega Bay because of flooding.
Not everyone paid heed to the warning. KTVU cameras caught a number of drivers plowing headlong into water several feet deep.
While some threw caution to the wind, others decided to turn around -- including mail carrier Lynn Parker.
"You know it happens every year and everybody out here is used to it," explained Parker.
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