Winter storm prompts road closures throughout region

A rockslide prompted a partial closure of a mountain highway in Riverside County today, while flooding and toppled power lines led to other closures as the first storm of the winter season blew through.

According to the California Highway Patrol, state Route 243 between Idyllwild and Twin Pines was partially closed this morning after a rockslide dumped a boulder and debris onto the two-lane highway.

The slide was reported about 6 a.m. and mainly impacted the southbound lane, the CHP reported.

Road crews pushed the boulder out of the way in the noon hour, completely clearing the corridor, according to reports from the scene.

Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Terri Kasinga told City News Service no closures were in effect on any part of the highway as of 2:30 p.m.

According to the Riverside County Transportation Department, flooding forced the county to close Brussels Street, between Breitner Way and Leon Road, in Winchester about 8 a.m. The closure was still in effect this afternoon, and there was no word on when the segment would be re-opened.

Power lines fell onto Vineland Street in Cherry Valley, and the county closed the passage between Live Oak Avenue and Noble Street.

Lines also toppled onto Anza Road, slightly north of Los Nogales Road, just east of Temecula, forcing the closure of Anza between Los Nogales and Rancho California Road, according to the transportation department.

There was no word on when the two closures would be lifted.

Anyone with questions or concerns was asked to contact the county road maintenance division at (951) 955-6899.

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