A motorcycle cop in Malibu had to quickly retreat from a rockfall as another mass of dirt and boulders came tumbling down the face. This is one of a number of such incidents in the area in recent days as rain and snow has loosened soil.
The event was captured on video by a journalist for the Malibu Times who had been preparing to speak with California Highway Patrol officers about an initial boulder that had blocked a single lane of traffic.
The rockslide happened on a two-lane road that passes through a canyon in southern California at around 2.30pm on Wednesday. After the second cascade of rocks both lanes were closed for 12 hours as officials cleared the way.
The video showed the officer’s motorcycle parked at the side of the canyon road as he approached the boulder behind which a small line of cars were backed up. After one small boulder tumbles down the rest of the rockslide ensues and the cop is forced to jog back towards both the camera and his bike.
On Thursday morning at 7am all lanes of Malibu Canyon Road were opened but users were asked to proceed with caution. California Highway Patrol announced on Wednesday that another rockslide on Highway 178 had caused a road closure.
The road was similarly closed in both directions. In Southern California, flash flooding prompted the National Weather Service in San Diego to issue its first-ever blizzard warning for the San Bernardino County mountains.
California has been bombarded with unusual amounts of rain and snow in recent weeks. The National Weather Service on Friday predicted ‘two more rounds of heavy snow’ were expected over the weekend.
By Sunday there had been 4.5 inches of rainfall in downtown LA, 6.6 in Beverly Hills and 8.8 in Pasadena. In Mount Wilson and Mountain High there had been 40 and 93 inches of snow respectively.