A major new rockslide has buried a stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 in up to 40 feet of stone and dirt, the latest hit in a soggy winter of slides, floods and road closings along the winding Central California coast road, state transportation officials said Monday.
A swath of the hillside gave way in an area called Mud Creek on Saturday night, covering about one-third of a mile of road and changing the Big Sur coastline immediately below, a spokesman with the California Department of Transportation said.
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'A massive slide. We've never seen anything like that,' said Colin Jones, the transportation agency's spokesman for the area.
The state already had closed that part of Highway 1 to repair buckled pavement and other, earlier damage from one of California's rainiest winters in decades.
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Authorities removed work crews from the area last week after realizing...