Caltrans has a truck about a half mile from the road closed sign, but the slide itself is even farther away. The highway is closed for miles in either direction out of an abundance of caution.
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Dangerous hillsides are all across the South Bay in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Highway 9 is closed in both directions through the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.
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"I love living in the area. The mudslides are definitely an inconvenience, and well it kind of sucks. But it comes with the territory," commuter Steve Elkins.
"Normally I would go down Highway 9 but I'm going to have to go up and around Graham Hill to get into Santa Cruz later," commuter Marie Walkuski said.
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Blame the nonstop rain that also hampered the morning commute. On Highway 17, the more popular route through the Santa Cruz Mountains, a smaller landslide was seen near The Cats restaurant near Los Gatos. But the street remained open.
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Crews were able to recover from the roadblock at Vine Hill Road, a scary landslide that injured an ABC7 News photographer. He's recovering at home on Tuesday.
All lanes reopened around 6:30 a.m. although heavy equipment can still be seen everywhere, ready to go at a moment's notice.
To say that law enforcement and Caltrans crews are busy in the area would be an understatement. It's starting to rain again in the area and there's no ETA when Highway 9 will reopen.
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Hwy 9 mountains near Felton .. another slide and toppled trees block the road. CALTRANS says this is a two day job or longer. pic.twitter.com/vg9J4jD2rb— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) January 10, 2017