February 29, 2024
Raindrops in a puddle of water. Photograph through Wikipedia Commons.

Prematurely of Thursday’s anticipated storm, plastic tarp was put in over a San Clemente hillside that gave manner in early January, damaging a pedestrian bridge and forcing one other suspension of commuter rail service between Orange and San Diego counties.

Metrolink and Amtrak service has been suspended since final Wednesday between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Oceanside stations because of the landslide that once more despatched boulders and particles onto the tracks and broken the Mariposa Path Bridge in San Clemente.

There was nonetheless no phrase on when passenger rail would resume, however the tracks have been cleared sufficient to permit freight trains to make use of the tracks — at a most of 10 mph — throughout in a single day hours this week. Orange County Transportation Authority officers mentioned the tracks had been being inspected instantly earlier than freight trains go by the realm to make sure security.

With heavy rain anticipated Thursday and once more early subsequent week, a portion of the saturated hillside was lined with plastic Tuesday, with extra plastic overlaying being put in Wednesday.

As a part of the restore work, crews have been putting in pipes and ballast to enhance water drainage from the hillside in hopes of stopping extra saturation of the bottom.

OCTA officers mentioned the hillside is continuous to maneuver, however “it has slowed considerably.”

The much-used tracks in San Clemente endured a pair of prolonged closures final yr resulting from mudslides and particles. The primary occurred in April close to the Casa Romantica Tradition Heart and Gardens, blocking the tracks for a month whereas repairs had been accomplished. One other mudslide occurred in the identical normal space on June 5, prompting one other rail closure that lasted for almost six weeks.

— Metropolis Information Service