The past weekend, Californians were somewhat baffled by what many are calling a historic rainfall and the floods that ensued. But what caused more trouble than awe was the report that shows that a piece of a major California Highway collapsed as a result of the rain.
It took a few seconds for the bridge to collapse as a result of the floods. But local authorities are now saying that the issue could take a long time to address.
The incident happened late Sunday. The portion of the bridge that collapsed is located in the deserts, a spot that is east of Palm Springs, California. According to the authorities, the flood waters washed the the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Desert Center. One person was rushed to the hospital after being trapped inside of a vehicle as the bridge collapsed.
As the authorities look into the matter to determine what’s needed to make sure this problem won’t cause more issues in the future, the freeway remains closed.
Floods Cause Problems In Several Locations Across The State
According to what a spokesperson for California Department of Transportation claimed, the road will remain closed indefinitely. And even some detour routes have also been closed, which is the case with the State Route 78. Local residents are being urged to use the Interstate 8 if they are heading to southern California’s major coastal cities.
But while the bridge collapse did result in concern, it wasn’t the only incident that caused experts and residents to shake their heads in disbelief. On Sunday afternoon, a mudflow slid across all lanes of Interstate 15, the same area where, on Friday, a major brush fire burned in Cajon Pass.
A pothole was also created as a result of the intense rains in the right lane of the northbound Interstate 5, just north of Castaic. As a result, several vehicles suffered tire issues after being exposed to the pothole. According to the California Highway Patrol, the pothole grew 3 feet in diameter and, as a result, caused a collision that involved six vehicles.
In Moreno Valley, six homes flooded with mud and water late Sunday afternoon and one water rescue was performed in the region.
The flood waters were also responsible for stalled vehicles in Riverside.
The latest rains mark the first time the Los Angeles Angels experience a home rainout since 1995. As a result of the rains and floods, the Sunday night game against the Boston Red Sox was postponed. Due to Saturday heavy rainfall, nearly 16,000 customers in Southern California reported they were left without any power. As the storm moved north, more than 10,000 PG&E customers stayed in the dark into Sunday evening.
One California City resident was struck by lightning, but further details on the victim’s health state weren’t reported.
Long Beach beaches and the Santa Monica pier were also closed because of the rains. And a flight bound for Virginia was forced to land at LAX after being stricken by a lightning. No injuries were reported in this incident.
Californians who are concerned about what could happen if more floods wash through the state should stay alert to any warnings launched by the authorities. To read more about last weekend’s incidents, follow this link.