Hwy at 101 by Last Chance Grade is closed due to a landslide covering the single lane that was open. Trees are down, along with mud and boulders. The road has not gone into the ocean. At first the closure was first anticipated to be a couple hours long. Both lanes are currently closed, but the latest news by Caltrans now indicates it will take up to 4 hours to clear the road… or about 9 pm.
According to Jody Mangum, local Crescent City acupuncturist, she was in line to go through, as the signal turned green. Her fiance’s father and his sister were in the car ahead and thought their dog was making a fuss. But then they saw cracks in the road, and the noise of the trees coming down and Mr. Collins stomped down on his Cadillac accelerator with the V8 engine and whomped through there grateful that they were not crushed to death by the falling trees.
Jody is stuck on the wrong side and can’t get through. She hopes that Caltrans or some agency will put up signs letting people know that the road is closed and that there will be work going on for up to 4 hours clearing the downed trees, mud and boulders.
UPDATE: Per Karen Sanders, Caltrans; as of 2:30 am, Saturday, March 25th, one lane is open.
Some additional news: On the March 28, 2017 agenda for the Board of Supervisors, there’s agenda item # 15: Approve and appoint Supervisor Cowan to Congressman Huffman’s Last Chance Grade Stakeholder Group as requested by Chair Howard.**
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THIS MAKES ANY SENSE? WHY IS A DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISOR, LORI COWAN, GOING ONTO A STAKEHOLDER’S GROUP IN SUPERVISOR BOB BERKOWITZ’S DISTRICT 5 ARENA? HUH? DOES ANYBODY NOT KNOW THAT LAST CHANCE GRADE IS IN DISTRICT 5?
Photo credit to Caltrans, District 1.
5 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: Landslide closes road at Last Chance Grade; eye witness account”
Larry, you ask how a state highway is a District 5 issue? So let me answer that. First of all Hwy 101 is a federal highway not a state highway. It is an issue because, Klamath which is in District 5, would be completely cut off from Crescent City so as a District 5 Supervisor it is my duty to assess the situation and make sure that county resources get to the right people. It’s true that major actions would be the responsibility of the full board, but the supervisor responsible for that area is the person that other supervisors may look to for direction and assessment so that the proper action can take place.
1. How is a state highway a District 5 issue?
2. Even if it were a District 5 issue, what power does a District 5 supervisor have to act without the rest of the board?
Well it is pretty clear…Sup Cowan is a “Patsy” they are using her to their advantage…that is the advantage and personal agenda of BOS Chair, Chris Howard and Hemmingsen….This is an outrage…and if I were the 5th District Supervisor I would stop this intrusion…this is a 5th District issue…Mr. Berkowitz is already working on getting letters of support from the tribes. Sup Cowan cannot work in the 5th district they are not her constituents..She is not my supervisor…
Chris Howard is a danger to this particular issue. He is disconnected, passive, and see’s life through rose colored glasses…Lori Cowan is a disaster and come next month there will be a recall on her…Hopefully people are listening and watching Howard…and he will not be re-elected in 2018.
Don’t try to make sense of government stupidity. Maybe is $$$$ involved?
Yes gus, Sup. Cowan thinks she’s got a credit card without no limit and it is on the backs of Del Norte County taxpayers…watch her now….so far she has tried to use taxpayer money to go to Japan…now she wants to go to Washington, D.C….and let’s not forget the past Solid Waste meeting this week where she was all for raising everyone’s garbage bill….don’t forget what she promised during her campaign…”I will do whatever they want me to”…in essence she will rubber stamp any item on the agenda as long as they send her to where ever she wants….RECALL…RECALL…RECALL