Rockslide Closes PCH in Western Malibu; Many Cars Stranded

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Caltrans photographer Steve Devorkin

A large storm front resulted in a muddy rockslide on Pacific Coast Highway near Deer Creek Road, stranding about a dozen vehicles and forcing officials to close part of the roadway during cleanup on Sunday afternoon.

As of Sunday evening, Caltrans officials said the closure was set to last at least through Monday morning.

According to the Associated Press, the California Highway Patrol reported “10 to 15” vehicles were stuck on the roadway, overwhelmed by muddy flooding, sharp rocks and stormwater.

The full road closure stretched west from Deer Creek Road to Point Mugu, according to alerts sent out by various agencies. Drivers were advised to use alternate routes. It was not clear when the roadway would fully reopen. 

Sunday was the beginning of a rainy week ahead for Malibu and surrounding areas. Overnight showers were forecast into early Monday morning, with mostly sunny day predicted to kick off the week. On Tuesday, however, there’s a 90% chance of rain most of the day and into the night. Rain is forecast on Wednesday as well, with the storm easing up on Thursday. There is a slight chance of showers on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.