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Highway 70 is now open

Dan McDonald 
Managing Editor

Updated 5:00 p.m.

Highway 70 in the Feather RIver Canyon is now open.

Updated 1 p.m.

Highway 70 remained closed in the Feather River canyon Friday afternoon because of water on the roadway, according to Caltrans. 

The highway was closed from 1.2 miles west of Jarbo Gap in Butte County to the Greenville Wye in Plumas County.  

According to Caltrans spokesperson Lori Mathiesen, the road was closed to allow Caltrans crews to remove storm debris from culverts. 

 The debris, which accumulated during the heavy rainfall, was causing water to cover the road near Rodgers Flat between Belden and Tobin.  

Traffic has been halted in both directions. Mathiesen said Caltrans was not able to determine how long the road would be closed. 

Mathiesen said a contractor is working with Caltrans to remove the debris from a plugged culvert at Paul’s Creek. 

She said the rain has caused a few minor slides from the hillsides along the canyon. 

“It’s just the normal debris that usually falls during a storm,” Mathiesen said. 

The forecast is calling for heavy rain to continue through the weekend. 


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