Storm causes rockslides, raging river in Yolo County

11:02 AM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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  • Rain-swollen Cache Creek above Rumsey in Yolo County on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
  • This is one of multiple rock and mudslides on Highway 16 above Rumsey in Yolo County that happened on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

YOLO COUNTY, Calif. - Multiple rock and mudslides have closed Highway 16 in the Capay Valley.

A Caltrans crew was able to clear the main mudslide above Rumsey by late morning Sunday, but it'll take a bit more work to clear some large boulders blocking parts of the highway in several places.

Heavy rain pounded the canyon early Sunday morning.

Cache Creek was a raging, muddy river Sunday. The Cache Creek Regional Campground was technically still open, even if the highway was closed.

Cache Creek Campground Host Terry and Judie McQuarrie said the river's rise came quickly:

"The river's at least six feet deeper than it normally is and running pretty good," Terry McQuarrie said. "I'm sure some of the tubers we've seen over the summer would probably like to kayak it right now, but it would be a pretty wild ride." 

"Listening to the rain and the wind blowing our motor home was a little scary because we're about five feet from the edge of the cliff and I could just visualize us ending up in the water, in the river," Judie McQuarrie said.

Caltrans said it will be some time Monday before it can remove all the fallen rock and reopen Highway 16 between Rumsey and the junction with Highway 20.


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