Road Crews Working to Reopen Kern County Highway after Mudslide

The mudslide inundated an eight-mile stretch of State Route 58 with as much as six foot of mud and muck.

While no fatalities have been reported yet, a search is underway for an elderly man that was reportedly swept away by the slide. Additionally, over a 100 vehicles were initially trapped by the flow.

The 58 remains closed as officials estimate 200,000 cubic yards of earth was left behind, crews have been working to clear the roads since Thursday.

The storm that caused the mudslide has been called a “1,000-year event” by meteorologists, even though El Nino’s warm waters are looming.

More on the Kern County mudslide can be found here.

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