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Highway 41 closed ‘indefinitely’ between Atascadero, Morro Bay

Mudslides close Highway 41 west of Atascadero

Highway 41 closed Friday, January 6, 2017, after mudslides during heavy rains. The closure is between Ironwood Drive in Morro Bay and San Gabriel Road in Atascadero.
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Highway 41 closed Friday, January 6, 2017, after mudslides during heavy rains. The closure is between Ironwood Drive in Morro Bay and San Gabriel Road in Atascadero.

Highway 41 between Atascadero and Morro Bay remained closed Sunday after a mudslide.

The mudslide happened about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Caltrans spokesman Colin Jones said Highway 41 would be closed “indefinitely” as crews worked to clear debris from the 250-foot hillside that shut down the road.

Sunday has provided a brief break from a series of storms expected to slam the Central Coast, but heavy rain is forecast to begin soaking the area Sunday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for recent burn areas in San Luis Obispo County, especially the area affected by the Chimney Fire. The watch goes into effect at 4 p.m.

Highway 41 closed Friday, January 6, 2017, after mudslides during heavy rains. The closure is between Ironwood Drive in Morro Bay and San Gabriel Road in Atascadero.

Tribune reporter Mark Powell contributed to this story.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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