Scott's Valley Rockslide Still Dangerous

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Scotts Valley Rockslide Cleanup

Scott's Valley Rock Slide Could Get Worse.

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Raw Video: Dramatic Rock Slide Caught On Video

A rock slide that occurred around 10am Monday had some residents running in the other direction. Watch the video and see the slide for yourself. Officials are calling it significant as a main access road to Scott's valley is blocked. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri says 2 storms this week could make the rock slide damage worse. Another 2-3 inches of rain & gusty winds is coming this week.

Scotts Valley Rockslide Cleanup

Scotts Valley residents "roughing it" as rockslide traps them in their homes.
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Authorities in Santa Cruz County don't yet know when they will be  able to clear a rockslide near Scotts Valley that has left dozens of  residents stranded. 

 "We don't have a timescale for when the mud will be cleared,"  county analyst Melodye Serino said.
 The slide occurred Monday on Nelson Road, blocking access to about  26 homes in the area of Nelson Road and Sky Meadow Lane.

 Serino said local agencies have been meeting with residents to  discuss plans to clear the dirt, but so far the best they've managed is an  alternate route for pedestrians to walk around the fallen rocks.

 The rain hasn't helped. Crews have been trying to get the mud off  the pavement, but showers have prevented them from being able to clear the  slide.

 In the meantime, residents have been coping with the situation.

 "Some people are worried," said sheriff's Deputy April Skalland,  who has been assisting the rescue efforts. "Others realize this is nature of  the beast when living up in the mountains."

 Some residents who were initially stranded have been staying put,  while others have left, Skalland said.

 "Some people with children went to stay with family elsewhere,"  she said.

 About four homes are still without power, and there is no estimate  for when it will be restored.
 

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