Landslide closes PCH in Pacific Palisades

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A landslide closed northbound Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades before dawn, and the roadway remained closed this afternoon while crews worked to move the dirt and shore up the hillside.

According to some broadcast reports, a garden hose that was left on overnight could have saturated the soil and triggered the slide near Temescal Canyon Road about 4:15 a.m.

Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said no injuries were reported and inspectors from the Building and Safety Department were notified, which occurred below a mobile home park.

An evergreen tree on mobile home park property at the edge of the slide was being cut down this morning.

A half-mile stretch of northbound PCH remained closed at Temescal Canyon Road this afternoon. It was unclear when the roadway would be reopened.

Patrick Chandler is a Caltrans spokesman.

“Caltrans geologists consulted with the property owner’s geologists,” he told Channel ABC7. “They’re going to chop (down) one of the trees up there, but leave the root system in place to provide stability for the slope.”

Crews were planning to line that section of the road with K-rails.

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