Cars removed from mud-swamped Southern California highway

Oct 19, 2015 1:33 PM by News Staff, Photo: Caltrans

Crews have hauled away the last of more than 100 vehicles buried in mud on a California highway during flash flooding last week, but tons of hardened earth still needs to be removed before lanes reopen.

Florene Trainor, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation, said Monday that drainage systems also need to be cleared along State Route 58 in Kern County, about 110 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Officials hope to reopen the highway by Thursday at the latest.

Landslides trapped dozens of cars, buses, RVs and big-rig trucks during thunderstorms Oct. 15.

To the south, Los Angeles County crews on Sunday reopened stretches of five roads in mountain communities also inundated during the flooding. Work continues to clear two other roads in the Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth areas.

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