Rivers Across Humboldt Dropping
Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 @ 7:10 a.m. / News
UPDATE 12:15 Dec 3: Caltrans says, “HUM 254 (Ave of Giants) remains closed due to flooding near Redcrest from post miles 40 to 43.”
This weekend’s big storm drenched the landscape and sent rivers pushing out across roadways. However, the rivers have crested and are now dropping. The Eel River at Fernbridge (shown above) reached 22.88 feet before sinking this morning at 6:15 to 18.7 feet. The Eel River’s level at other points and other rivers’ levels can be seen here.
Road conditions are improving. Hwy 101 has a slide south of Crescent City with one way controlled traffic. Other Caltrans roads can be checked on here (go to Road Conditions tab near the upper left of the screen.)
I got in touch with Marty Messenger of Humboldt County Roads. He takes care of the southernmost part of the county. He said that though the storm caused road problems through the weekend that were of “Biblical proportions,” the roads in the south are now all open. “We’re in pretty good shape… .”
Messenger said that over the weekend, “The biggest problem was the bluffs. They were like mush. They kept coming in… .” After that he said, “Mostly yesterday was down trees.” Today, his crew will be making sure branches and debris are cleared off the roads.
Messenger mentioned that as of last night, “There are some problems in Ferndale. Mattole road was closed.” That and other county roads will be updated as information comes in.