As CHP officers call for backup, residents of the embattled Creekside Cabins block the bridge that provides the only entrance and exit to area north of Willits. The temporary bridge was scheduled to be closed at 5 p.m. after being installed yesterday morning and removed at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Any resident still on the property after 5 p.m. would be guilty of a misdemeanor.
A woman with a dog was standing in front of the caterpillar tractor on the bridge and other residents are beginning to gather, our reporter on the scene, Sarah Reith, tells us. There are nine people and a dog including multiple Sheriff’s deputies and CHP. The caterpillar has moved and allowed several vehicles carry residents’ belongings to exit going south as 5:30 p.m.
The California Highway Patrol has issued a CODE 33 alert which means that officers should restrict radio use because of an emergency situation.
There are three CHP officers and a Cal Fire vehicle on scene as well as four or five MCSO deputies.
Traffic is backing up along Hwy 101 in both directions.
According to Reith, residents have told her that they need more time to exit. One man had spent all day getting his trailer registered in order to legally move it. He had succeeded but not been able to cross the bridge in time.
“One guy is waiting on a duly to come haul his trailer,” she explained. Other residents are still scrambling to collect years of items and pack them before leaving the property. “They want out,” Reith said. But they want more time before they leave.
UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: An ambulance from Willits has showed up at the scene for a medical emergency. We are unable to confirm what the exact situations is.
UPDATE 8:05 p.m.: The incident is still ongoing. Below is a slideshow of images from the scene brought out by Matt LaFever.