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Massive landslide causes $1 billion in damage in California

A massive landslide reportedly caused $1 billion in highway damage in Big Sur, California, over the weekend.

Following one of the wettest winters in California in recent history, the landslide caused extensive damage to Highway 1 under 40 feet and 1 million tons of rock and mud. About a quarter-mile of the road at an area called Mud Creek is closed off.

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A massive landslide in Big Sur, California, blocked off part of Highway 1, causing an estimated $1 million in damage. (Photo/Twitter/@CaltransD5)


Authorities say as the area is still unstable, they have yet to be able to revisit the area and assess when it can reopen.

"While the drought-busting precipitation was welcomed across California, the excessive rainfall had devastating impacts," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts. "This resulted in a large number of landslides, flooding and resulting disruptions to power and transportation."

Months of rain this winter ended a five-year-long drought. California areas impacted by drought fell from 54 to 14 percent since May 2016, as many areas received several times their normal annual rainfall.

Big Sur is a known tourist spot in California, attracting visitors for its scenic beaches and redwoods.

ABC News reported the active winter season caused more than $1 billion in infrastructure so far this fiscal year in California. Last year, that total was $660 million.


Big Sur faced one blow already earlier this year when Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along Highway 1 was badly damaged due to storms. A relief fund for Big Sur began in early March and can be found here.