Wet weather and landslide close California highway

| 1/6/2003

A landslide near Piercy, CA - caused by extremely wet weather during December - has led to one of the longest highway closures in recent times along California's northern coast, The Times-Standard reported Jan. 3.

The slide Dec. 30 closed a north-south road, U.S. 101, cutting access for trucks delivering everything from groceries to the U.S. mail. Officials allowed some traffic to move down the highway three days later, Jan. 2, along one lane, the newspaper said.

The area around Piercy - a small town that lies halfway between San Francisco and the Oregon border along California's northern coast - has received more than 26 inches of rain so far this season - more than half what it normally receives during that period.

Local forecasters don't expect any more significant rain for now. The Weather Channel showed a 50 percent chance of some showers in the area Jan. 4, but partly cloudy skies and no rain expected for at least seven days after that.