1,600 people stranded after rain erodes part of highway 1 near Big Sur, California


Important Takeaways:

  • Rains Wash Away Part of California’s Iconic Highway 1 Near Big Sur, Stranding Tourists, Locals
  • Spring rains washed away part of California’s famous Highway 1 near Big Sur on Saturday, stranding 1,600 people who had to be moved past the collapsed portion in convoys.
  • The rain was coming down at a rate of 2 inches per hour at one point, according to the National Weather service.
  • When the convoy first opened, around noon, an estimated 300 cars were waiting to travel northbound. It took 50 minutes to clear out all the waiting vehicles. This presumably included Easter weekend visitors to Big Sur who were stranded by the closure and had to spend the night in temporary lodging and emergency shelters.
  • The 2023-2024 winter has been the third-wettest winter in parts of California since records began nearly 80 years ago. The rains and snow followed an exceptionally snowy 2022-2023 winter, which broke a five-year drought.

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