Here's the latest scoop from the Sierra Sun newspaper:
Interstate 80 from Truckee east to the Nevada stateline will be closed for at least 48 hours due to a massive landslide.
The slide ripped across the interstate at about 3 a.m. Saturday five miles east of Truckee. It trapped six big rigs and four Caltrans vehicles, according to Shelly Chernicki, a Caltrans spokeswoman. Everyone in the area at the time was rescued and no injuries were reported, but the vehicles are now stuck in the rugged Truckee River Canyon.
The debris slide started on the west side of the interstate and took out 300 to 400 feet of the center barrier. It has blocked both sides of the roadway. It will cost about $5 million to clean up the slide, officials said.
There are no detours currently available.
“We’ve had previous slides, but nothing of this magnitude,” Chernicki said. “Emergency repairs won’t start until the hillside stabilizes.”
Highway 89 south was closed at about 8:15 a.m. from West River Street in Truckee south due to a debris slide near Cabin Creek Road. Officials are not giving an estimated time for Highway 89 to reopen.
Highway 89 north is closed from Truckee to Sierraville due to flooding, Chernicki said.
The closure of I-80 has caused a back-up of big rigs on Highway 267 south in the Martis Valley as they attempt to travel eastward.
At 5:35 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service’s forecast was for heavy rainfall to continue through the afternoon. Rain totals so far in region are from 4 to 7 inches. Rainfall totals are predicted to be 6 to 10 inches by the afternoon with “significant” runoff expected to continue later into the day.
Snow levels are forecasted to be 7,500 feet, lowering to 6,500 feet later in the day with accumulations of 8 to 12 inches and up to 24 inches above 8,000 feet.
The Truckee river is raging and close to, but not reaching, the 1997 high water mark. Not much snow yet here at 6500 feet, but at least its snowing and no longer raining. Very high winds still hammering us.