Highway 70 closed in the Canyon; Search and Rescue reaches stranded vehicles

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.: Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns provides this update: Search and Rescue have reached the occupants of the vehicles trapped between the two slides and are transporting them to Quincy. Their vehicles remain stranded in the area. It’s estimated that the canyon will remain closed for a couple of days – but that’s still to be determined.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: The Plumas County Sheriff is reporting that there are two rock slides with another at Rogers Flat, with vehicles trapped between the slides.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that Highway 70 is closed in both directions  today, June 12. Mud and debris are flowing across the highway east of the Rock Creek Powerhouse. At this time, there is not estimate of when it will be reopened.

There are reports of vehicles stuck in the area, and Plumas County Search and Rescue has been called in to assist.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

A view of part of the slide area on Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon. Photo courtesy of Brian Wood