Big Sur Update

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By John Wiley

Flying along the Big Sur coast last weekend we were startled by the size of the massive landslide that's closed Hwy.1, and thought you might like an update. There's a big crew working on it, with a long line of shipping containers we thought might be accommodations for the crew. The Hearst Castle swimming pool has been filled, but is roped off and still missing any markings on the bottom so they'll probably be draining it again.
 
 
 
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John Wiley Aug 13, 2017 11:07 PM
Big Sur Update

I looked the slide up on Caltrans and found a "before" satellite 3D image on gMaps for comparison. I've added the link and a screencap on the SBitZ.NET post, in case anyone's interested. Pretty astounding difference in the mountainside, road, and beach there now! Glad the people in those homes right next to the slide weren't hurt. Looks like they even have access to Hwy.1 southbound.

vrajaprana Aug 13, 2017 08:19 PM
Big Sur Update

Thanks for that gorgeous photo. I wonder when we can drive up Highway 1 again, through Big Sur? Would love to visit that amazing New Camaldoli monastery.

John Wiley Aug 13, 2017 03:56 PM
Big Sur Update

No plans to fly the Oroville area in the near future, tho it would be cool to see (and send Ed pix of) that project. Probably pretty hot (and smoky) there for now too. I edit to Ed's image size, so even if they do have a way to show larger sizes it wouldn't work on the ones I send in. In a few minutes I'll post a few larger ones on SBitZ.NET in case anyone's interested. I looked at those in more detail at full-res and it looks like that line of shipping containers is for protection from boulders. They're right next to each other with the doors open to overlap, and probably attached somehow. Ingenious way to protect the crew, since they're quick to place and would stop most any boulder.

laughing Aug 13, 2017 03:06 PM
Big Sur Update

A new pipeline ! who we !

a-1502661982 Aug 13, 2017 03:06 PM
Big Sur Update

Impressive photo of the slide area, John. But in terms of size of workforce you should do a flyover of the Oroville dam. They are working on getting that spillway built and operational by Nov 1st and it's a beehive of activity. Oroville dam is the source for the State Water project we hope to get yearly allotments from.

peawatt Aug 13, 2017 04:17 PM
Big Sur Update

I second the DWR youtube posts, along with the flyovers and reporting by Juan Browne (blancolirio).

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