Source: KTLA

Caltrans crews bracing for more potential flooding, mudslides Marc Sternfield %%item_date%% %%item_source%%
With sinkhole and mudslide damage still needing repair, Caltrans crews in Southern California are bracing for more heavy rain this weekend.

Two storms are in the immediate forecast. One is expected to dump a half-inch to 1.5” of rain in the valleys and coastal area and 1.5” to 3” in the foothills and mountains.

The sinkhole that swallowed two cars in L.A.’s Chatsworth neighborhood continues to be a gaping reminder of mother nature’s destructive power.

Caltrans crews are covering the edges of the crater with tarps and sandbags to prevent it from growing any larger.

“There are multiple utility lines that are also present in the area, including a number of telephone lines which are encased in three or four-inch pipes,” said Michael Comeaux, Caltrans District 7 spokesman. “These telephone lines will have to be relocated.”

Chatsworth Sinkhole
Caltrans crews are covering the edges of Chatsworth sinkhole with tarps and sandbags to prevent it from growing any larger. Jan. 13, 2023. (KTLA)

Other areas that saw flooding and mudslides during the last storm will also be closely monitored.

“Motorists will see K-Rails, those familiar concrete barriers, in a lot of areas to prevent further mudslides,” Comeaux said.

Some roads, including lanes on the 5 Freeway in Elysian Park and Castaic, are still closed due to the last storm.

Caltrans recommends drivers avoid travel during the upcoming storms, if possible.

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