Northbound Hwy 17 closed in Scotts Valley at Granite Creek Road

A lot of clean-up work is happening Monday afternoon in the Santa Cruz Mountains after the heavy rain triggered multiple mudslides.

A mudslide along Highway 17 is blocking two lanes of traffic, so there is only one northbound lane and one southbound lane and it’s slow going over the mountains. 

Caltrans crews are using front loaders and dump trucks to clear the dirt, trees and giant boulders that slid down onto the northbound lanes of Highway 17 near Vine Hill Road. 

The massive mudslide happened around 3 a.m. Monday, and the debris crashed into a news van that was driving along the highway at the time. 

Thankfully the driver of that van had only minor injuries. 

Caltrans estimates about a thousand cubic yards of earth gave way in the area - and cleaning the debris could take all day.  

Just up the road a mudslide is blocking Highway 35 near Summit Road near Los Gatos. 

A huge tree came down onto power lines, shutting down the roadway. 

All throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains large trees were uprooted by the weekend's storm which brought intense rain coupled with high winds. 

There is a lot of clean up to do in the area.


 

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