Malibu Roads Reopen Following Storm-Related Closures

January Rain

Multiple roads in Malibu were closed due to last week’s rainfall. 

Malibu Canyon Road was completely closed in both directions from Mulholland Highway to Civic Center due to rockslides on Jan. 16. Per a City of Malibu alert, the closure lasted through the next day. 

“Due to darkness, crews are unable to assess the hillsides for risk of further rock or mudslides until morning,” the alert read.

One person was injured by one of the rockslides on Jan. 16. Sgt. Panis of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said the person was “complaining of pain” after a boulder collided with their car on Malibu Canyon Road. 

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District cancelled classes for the third day in a row for Malibu schools due to inclement weather. This included Point Dume Marine Science School, Webster Elementary School, Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, and Malibu Middle and High School as well as the preschool and Boys & Girls Club of Malibu programs.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard was closed in both directions between Grandview and Pacific Coast Highway overnight from Wednesday, Jan. 16 to Thursday, Jan. 17, according to information provided by the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. A notice from the Topanga Town Council said the closure was “due to rocks and mud in the southbound lane.”

By the morning of Jan. 17, the closures, in both directions, included: 

*Malibu Canyon Road, between Piuma and Civic Center Way

*Topanga Canyon Boulevard, between Grandview Drive and PCH

*Decker Canyon Road, between PCH and Upper Mulholland Highway

*Mulholland Highway, between PCH and Little Sycamore

Though 300 single-family residents were under threat by the storm, no property damage was reported.

Mandatory evacuations, which were issued on Tuesday, Jan. 15, were lifted for the Woolsey Fire burn area by about 4 p.m. Thursday. 

All affected roads—Malibu Canyon Road, Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Mulholland Highway and Decker Canyon Road—were fully reopened by Sunday, Jan. 20.