As we continue to track the relentless march towards an imminent disaster in America, here is another precursor from California, as road crews are worked Sunday to clear a landslide 30-feet high and 120-feet wide that buried a section of the Requa Road Saturday night.
About 78 people who live above the slide on Requa hill at the mouth of the Klamath River have been stuck without power since late Saturday. On Monday, the Del Norte County Office of Emergency Services was boating in food and fuel to residents who were starting to run low on supplies. The Historic Requa Inn has been providing shelter and food for out-of-towners stuck after the landslide, neighbors. It’s also been a command post for OES, along with the Yurok Tribal Office in Klamath. Emergency responders knocked on doors to see if any residents had medical needs, basically to see “how everyone was doing,” said Cindy Henderson, emergency services manager for the county. One person was taken by boat from Requa for shortness of breathe Monday morning and was treated, Henderson said. “Everyone is doing pretty good,” she said. A truckload of about 1,500 cubic yards of debris had been removed by Monday afternoon and the crew was trying to get another truckload out by the end of the day, Daniels said. The crew has managed to get about halfway through the slide but more of the hill keeps coming down, Daniels said. “We’re just hoping it stays where it’s at,” he said. So far, that hasn’t been the case. Each scoop of debris brought out, “a little bit more has come down,” Daniels said. “It’s been one step forward and one step back,” he said. “That’s the nature of landslides.” Once the road opens, the slide area will have to monitored daily as about 40-50 feet of upslope has the potential to fall, Daniels said, especially when it rains again. The National Weather Service is forecasting rain for most of the week. “This will be a project for several weeks,” Daniels said. On Monday, food and fuel was taken by boat to the residents, who were starting to run low, to make sure they made it through the night, Henderson said. Requa residents have telephone service, but fuel was needed for a generator that runs telephone service for all of Klamath, she said. “We’re taking it one day at a time,” Henderson said. “We’re trying to keep them content and help them weather through this.” A smaller slide came down over the road Saturday afternoon. The county road crew had cleared it that evening when about an hour later more of the hillside came down. - Triplicate.