Landslide partially closes Pacific Coast Highway

Road opened at about 3PM

LOS ANGELES - A landslide closed northbound Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades before dawn, and the roadway remained closed until about 3 p.m. when Caltrans crews placed six 20,000-pound concrete barriers at the base of the landslide.

Patrick Chandler of Caltrans said the roadway was now safe.

According to 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 happened 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 but its roots were left in the ground to keep the ground as stable as possible, Chandler said.

A half-mile stretch of northbound PCH remained closed at Temescal Canyon Road until the concrete barriers were put in place.

"Caltrans geologists consulted with the property owner's geologists," Chandler told ABC7.

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