Mudslides, Flooding Shut Down Parts of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu

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A mudslide in Malibu on January 23, 2017

According to the city, PCH is closed in both directions just north of the L.A./Ventura County line due to flooding. All lanes at Mulholland Highway as well as both directions from Encinal Canyon Road to west of the L.A. County line are closed because of mudslides.

Rain hitting Southern California on Golden Globes weekend has triggered flooding and mudslides that shut down part of the Pacific Coast highway near burn areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Saturday.

According to the city of Malibu, PCH is closed in both directions just north of the L.A./Ventura County line due to flooding. All lanes at Mulholland Highway as well as both directions from Encinal Canyon Road to west of the L.A. County line are closed because of mudslides.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the nearby Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire burn areas through midnight Saturday. Residents and motorists are asked to "be extra cautious and watch for mud, rocks, and other debris in roadways, particularly in canyons and the burn areas." Rainfall rates are expected to be between 0.25 and 0.75 inches per hour, according to the alert.

The Woolsey fire, which ignited Nov. 8 last year, destroyed over 1,600 structures, killed three people and burned over 96,000 acres.

Flash flood watches are also in effect throughout the L.A. and Ventura counties, including the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Long Beach, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Burbank and Universal City.