I-5 over Grapevine reopens after mudslides trapped drivers

In this photo provided by Caltrans, vehicles are stopped in mud on California's Interstate-5 after flooding Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. (Caltrans via AP)

 

UPDATE 5:10 P.M.: Both directions of the Grapevine have reopened.

(KRON)  Interstate 5 over the Grapevine will reopen shortly.

UPDATE 1:01 PM – According to CHP, North Bound lanes on I-5 over Grapevine are no reopen, however South Bound lanes remain closed until further notice.

I-5 FWY CLOSURE OVER GRAPEVINE UPDATE: NB I-5 REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL 1200 HOURS- SB I-5 REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL 1700 HOURS DUE TO FLOODING/MUD

— CHP Southern Div. (@CHPsouthern) October 16, 2015

Rescuers threw ladders and tarps across mud up to 6 feet deep to help hundreds of trapped people from cars that got caught in flash-flooding and a mudslide along a major Southern California trucking route.

Sgt. Mario Lopez with the California Highway Patrol on Friday described the chaotic scene overnight on State Route 58. No injuries or deaths were reported.

Lopez says those rescued, including two tour buses full of people, have been taken to three Red Cross shelters set up in the wake of Thursday’s thunderstorms. The storms unleashed flash flood and debris flows along two major highways and in two tiny mountainside communities.

This still frame from video provided by KABC-TV shows vehicles stuck in a muddy road in the mountainous community of Lake Hughes, Calif., about 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Flash flooding in northern Los Angeles County has filled several roads with mud, stranding vehicles and blocking traffic on one of the state’s main highways. (KABC-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

Lopez says it will take days to reopen State Route 58, a mile of which is choked with mud between 2 and 6 feet deep. Hundreds of semis were backed up for miles Friday because of the closure.

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