BIG BEAR (CBSLA) — Heavy downpours Friday across the Inland Empire prompted the closure of State Route 38 from Forest Falls to Lake Williams in Big Bear following a rockfall. It was reopened Friday night.
ATTN MOTORISTS TO BIG BEAR. SR 38 is expected to be closed all night. Use SR’s 330 and 18 to Big Bear. Access only to Angelus Oaks. pic.twitter.com/fmZSGJgRfLREAD MORE: CHP Motorcycle Officer Involved In Traffic Collision On Eastbound 105 Freeway At Bellflower Boulevard
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) July 30, 2021
Drivers were told to avoid the area and use State Route 18 or State Route 330 instead. Caltrans said the roadway was not expected to reopen until Saturday at the earliest.
Caltrans crews continuing clean up on SR 38. Unknown duration for closure. Possibly tomorrow. Use 18 and 330 as alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/kkqboVRVLA
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) July 31, 2021READ MORE: First Weekend Eligible Adults Can Receive Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster Shot In Los Angeles County
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings until late Friday night for both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Around 9:05 p.m., Caltrans tweeted an update, saying SR-38 was open to Big Bear with escorts all night up and down from Angelus Oaks to Jenks Lk West.
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SBD CO: SR 38 is now open to Big Bear with escorts all night up and down from just above Angelus Oaks to Jenks Lk West. Reduce your speed. Road extremely muddy. Use 330 and 18 if you can.
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) July 31, 2021
Drivers were encouraged to reduce speeds. Roads were still extremely muddy. Drivers were asked to use alternate routes at 330 and 18, if possible.