Slides bedevil Highway 50 near Logan Shoals
February 6, 2017
The closure of Highway 50 near Logan Creek for a rock slide sent travelers seeking an alternate route to Lake Tahoe through Carson Valley on Wednesday.
Motorists used Highway 395 to Muller Lane as a detour to get to Kingsbury Grade, only to be greeted by delays from another minor slide there.
The Nevada Department of Transportation temporarily closed Highway 50 in the Cave Rock area of Lake Tahoe after five large boulders fell onto the roadway.
The rock slide at Logan Creek along Highway 50 on Wednesday afternoon resulted in homeowners in the area being warned of a voluntary evacuation.
During the past three days, boulders roughly the size of large passenger vehicles fell from a roadside slope onto eastbound travel lanes.
Travel lanes have reduced to one lane in each direction for safety since Tuesday, with both directions of traffic shifted to westbound lanes away from the rockfall area. No vehicles were involved in the slides and no injuries were reported. The rock fall occurred near Logan Creek Drive north of Cave Rock.
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"Large boulders remain perched on the destabilized roadside slope, and the temporary road closure is a safety precaution," state spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said. "The road will be reopened once deemed safe."
The location has been plagued by slides since Monday morning when a large boulder rolled down into the eastbound lanes.
Heavy rain and high snow levels loosened soil along mountain roads prompting slides across the Sierra.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams until 7:15 p.m. Wednesday affecting Douglas County.
Heavy rain ahead of an approaching atmospheric river resulted in heavy rain around the Tahoe Basin and the Carson Range.
"Due to saturated soils, short bursts of rain can lead to water covered roads and minor flooding near creeks streams, ditches and urban areas," according to the statement.
A quarter of an inch of rain fell in three hours in Skyland, according to a Weather Service site.