Having lived in Northern California for 21 years, one of my favorite quick getaways was to Big Sur, not even a three-hour drive south from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area. The quiet and rugged coastline provided incredible views to photograph and picturesque camping locations to wake up in. I haven’t had the chance to return since I moved to Idaho last year but was sad to hear that they had suffered some pretty big landslides this winter. But I wasn’t aware how destructive the slides were, especially this one coincidently located at Mud Creek, was until I saw the aerial video released today by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
The video is an eye-opening look at a massive wall of earth that broke off from the seaside hills and wiped out Highway 1, leaving a huge new section of coastline that juts out from where the beaches are. The Facebook post by the Sherrif Department reminds us that although the wet winter is over, the dangerous effects from the intense rain and snowfall isn’t over.
The slide went from bad to worse over the weekend.
Update: A new video shows an even closer view.
The Mud Creek landslide south of Big Sur had a major slipout. Millions of cubic yards of rocks and dirt collapsed onto Highway 1 and into the ocean below. CalTrans said it's one of the largest landslides in recent California history.READ MORE: http://www.ksbw.com/article/massive-big-sur-slide-covers-stretch-of-highway-1/9916040
Posted by KSBW TV Action News 8 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017