County transportation crews are busy cleaning up streets in the Salton Sea community of North Shore, which was pounded by thunderstorms last weekend, while efforts to repair and reopen a bridge that collapsed earlier this month amid storm conditions remain in the planning phases, officials said Wednesday.
Heavy rainfall on Friday night and Saturday morning left roadways in the Eastern Coachella Valley inundated with mud and silt that flowed down from surrounding mountains. Cleanup crews are making progress in clearing the debris, with street cleaning expected to be completed in the next two weeks, according to the office of county Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, who represents the Fourth District.
Further repairs to damaged asphalt and concrete will take longer, however, while a bridge that collapsed near Avenue 70 and Cleveland Street two weeks ago has left the roadway closed for an indeterminate period. County officials are working with the Coachella Valley Water District to assess the damage and examine potential restoration plans.
Box Canyon Road, which connects the Mecca Hills to Interstate 10 near Chiriaco Summit, was also washed out by the rains earlier this month and subsequent cleanup efforts were thwarted by this weekend’s storm, leading to a further delay in reopening the roadway.
This weekend’s rains also caused “extensive damage” to North Shore Community Park, which remains closed to the public, according to the county.
The Riverside County Transportation Department’s Thermal maintenance yard crew have used three graders, four loaders, six trucks and two scrapers during the cleanup project that began over the weekend.
“In many instances of heavy rains, North Shore roads take in a lot of runoff that washes down and covers the roads,” Perez said. “Our transportation crews are doing a great job right after the storm to clear mud, remove dirt from the roads and sweep them clean. I am pleased that the department is on top of this and is focused on removing all the storm debris and repairing the damage as swiftly as possible.”