Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Monday, Feb. 12 @ 2:13 p.m.

Weather Leads to Landslides, Drainage Issues on Del Norte County Roads

Klamath Beach Road is still down to one lane following a landslide on Friday. | Courtesy of Del Norte County

Weather continues to impact Del Norte County roads with a drainage issue prompting crews to close Ocean View Drive in Smith River north of Lucky 7 Casino on Monday.

Though there’s a water substation near the closure, residents on Ocean View Drive can still access their driveways, Community Development Director Heidi Kunstal told the Wild Rivers Outpost at about 2:05 p.m. Monday. It will take at least two more days to assess the situation and make repairs, she said.

“But we can’t make any promises,” Kunstal said, adding that rain forecasted for Wednesday could have further impact.

Meanwhile, Del Norte County Road Division crews continue to haul out material on South Fork Road south of Fir Street. That stretch which connects U.S. 199 to Rock Creek Ranch and Big Flat is open to one lane.

A drainage issue has prompted the County Roads Division to close Ocean View Drive near Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River. | Courtesy of Del Norte County

In Klamath, Klamath Beach Road is still closed due to a landslide, according to Kunstal. Emergency vehicles and residents are permitted access, however they’re advised to use caution because the landslide is still active, according to a Friday news release.

Kunstal said the Del Norte County Roads crew hasn’t been able to respond to the Klamath Beach Road slide on Monday, so “it’s the same situation where we left it on Friday.”

“The road is open to one land and, as far as we know, there haven’t been any new issues related to that,” she said.

For more information about county road conditions, call the Community Development Department from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (707) 464-7229.


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