Monsoon Weather May Affect Roadways

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting the traveling public that the National Weather Service (NWS) has projected an influx of monsoonal moisture which may bring the chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout this week, particularly in the afternoon and early evening.

Thunderstorms that affect the Cranston Burn Scar (State Routes 74 and 243) could produce rainfall rates of a quarter inch to three-quarter inches per hour. The thresh hold for debris flows is 1.1 inch of rainfall per hour.

Caltrans is alerting motorists that SR 74 between Hemet and Lake Hemet is subject to closure (for escorts) in the event that debris flows, or other conditions make the roadway unsafe for travel. This also includes the open section of SR 243 between Idyllwild and Lake Fulmor. Motorists should always be prepared and us extreme caution when driving on desert and mountain roadways during storm events.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Emily Leinen at 909-383-1910 or TTY 711 by October 31, 2019.

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