Thursday, November 30, 2023

Sinkhole Swallows Road to Willits Creekside Cabins, Leaves Fifty Guests Stranded

A vehicle swallowed by a sinkhole along the road to the Creekside Cabins [Picture provided by Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten]

A sinkhole chewed through a road to the Creekside Cabins and RV Resort, a well-known stop along Highway 101 north of Willits where RV travelers and overnighters could get some rest, leaving about 50 guests unable to leave. Massive amounts of rain dumped from a large storm caused a sinkhole that swallowed a vehicle that stopped alongside the road.

The small, two-lane road to the property has been washed away as the atmospheric river undermined the road’s integrity. Tonight, approximately fifty guests are stranded at the resort and what happens next is unclear.

The manager of the resort (whose name we have removed at his request) told us in a phone call that Caltrans successfully extricated the vehicle and in the subsequent hours the road has completely washed away.

[Picture from the manager of the resort]

The manager told us there are approximately fifty guests at the resort that are now cut off from Highway 101 with no other route out of the property. The resort and its guests do not have a significant amount of rations or supplies stored up. He said, “We’ll have to see what the next few days have in store.”

As of 7:08 this evening, the manager is unclear what emergency crews intend to do- possibly a temporary bridge or something else would be deployed that would allow vehicles to leave.

UPDATE 10:03 p.m.: Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall told us his agency is reaching out to California’s Office of Emergency Services to assist with the Creekside Cabins situation. A possible solution includes installing a temporary bridge.

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UPDATE 10:22 p.m.: The County of Mendocino published this on their Facebook page:

The Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services has contacted the California Office of Emergency Services for assistance with the sinkhole at Creekside Cabins off of Hwy 101. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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  1. Good thing biden passed a multi trillion dollar infastructure spending bonanza. But by the time it gets swindled and lost. We wont see any repairs. In the united states anyway. Maybe in china or ukraine

  2. Alas, I cannot follow the cliffhanger unfolding of this story because I refuse to be tracked by F’book. Please provide info for all.

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