Highway 89 open at Emerald Bay after snow slide | SierraSun.com

Highway 89 open at Emerald Bay after snow slide

Photos by David C. Antonucci/Special to the SunA snow slide covers Highway 89 near Emerald Bay, closing the road to traffic.

A mass of snow slid down the hillside above Highway 89 South at Emerald Bay shutting down access to traffic in both directions for about two hours Thursday morning.

Caltrans officials received word of the three- to four-foot deep avalanche at approximately 11 a.m.

California Highway Patrol began traffic control to the north and south bound lanes by 11:36 a.m., said Shelly Chernicki spokeswoman for Caltrans.

Officials opened the state highway a little before 1p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Skeen.

No one was injured in the slide and no cars were involved, Skeen said.

The slides are fairly common this time of year, Chernicki said.

“This kind of [slide] is common in the spring and when you add rain, the snow starts to deteriorate and it gave way,” she said.

Eyewitness and West Shore resident David Antonucci said he was headed to South Lake Tahoe when he came across the mass of wet snow just before 11 a.m.

Antonucci, who climbed on top of the slide to inspect for trapped cars with a stick, said the slide looked like it was about 100 feet wide.

Skeen said three CHP officers were on the scene holding traffic at Bayview to the south and Eagle Falls to the north, while Caltrans crews cleaned up the snow with a plow.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


See more