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TOM CELIO, deputy director of DOT Maintenance Operations, estimates the rock slide covers 150 feet of Rock Creek Road and will take multiple days to remove with an excavator. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

TOM CELIO, deputy director of DOT Maintenance Operations, estimates the rock slide covers 150 feet of Rock Creek Road and will take multiple days to remove with an excavator. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

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Slide closes Rock Creek Road

By From page A1 | March 7, 2011

A mudslide on Rock Creek Road in Mosquito — three miles away from Highway 193 at Chili Bar — was responsible for closing the roadway at about 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the El Dorado County Department of Transportation.

Tom Celio, deputy director of DOT Maintenance and Operations, said, “We’re bringing an excavator out tomorrow (Tuesday) due to the fact that there are so many large boulders in here and the narrowness of the road.”

Celio estimated 400 cubic yards of rocks, trees, stumps and mud are blocking the roadway.

California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark said initial assessments indicate the closure would last at least three days.

Residents of Swansboro and other areas of Mosquito relying on Rock Creek Road were being rerouted to Mosquito Road.

Rock Creek Road is the school bus route that serves the community and Celio added that 250 vehicles travel the route each day.

Nobody was injured in the mudslide, according to authorities, and county DOT crews were on the scene setting up roadblocks as of press time.

Jim Ratajczak at [email protected] or call 530-344-5069. Photo Editor Krysten Kellum contributed to this story.

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