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US 395 reopened near Nevada-California state line following mudslide

This image provided by Department of Public Safety/Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West shows mudslides on U.S. Highway 395 in Douglas County, Nev., north of the Nevada-California state line, Monday, May 21, 2018. The California Department of Transportation says Monday's mudslide is 100 feet (30.5 meters) in length and up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) deep. Nevada and California highway officials say there's no estimate for reopening the route in the area about 50 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe.

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m., Tuesday

Eighteen hours after closing due to a 100-foot mudslide, U.S. 395 reopened at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday.

Original post:

Crews were working Tuesday to reopen a major highway in the Sierra that was shut down by a huge mudslide at Topaz Lake near the Nevada-California state line.

The mudslide covered U.S. 395 with 100 feet of debris as deep as 5 feet in some spots Monday night and forced the temporary evacuation of part of the Topaz Lodge casino.

Dozens of vehicles were temporarily stranded in the lodge parking lot, but no injuries were reported.

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Nevada and California highway officials say there's no estimate for reopening the route in the area about 50 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe.

Up to an inch of rain fell in about an hour before the mudslide cascaded down the hillside on the western side of the highway at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

"It was up to 5 feet deep. Our crews were out there all night," Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said.

"Our first operation was to clear a path for emergency responders so they could get back and forth through the mudslide," she said. "They're finishing up the cleanup efforts but there's no ETA for reopening the highway, particularly with the continued chance of thunderstorms."

Southbound traffic was being rerouted at Holbrook Junction at Nevada State Highway 208.

For northbound traffic, the closure begins just north of the California agricultural inspection station.

Five rooms at the Topaz Lodge suffered mud and water damage and as many as 200 people were evacuated to the second floor Monday night.

Douglas County emergency crews were assessing the possible impact to homes and infrastructure near the lodge on Tuesday.

The region has been experiencing thunderstorms and heavy rain for several days, and rain remains in the forecast into Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Updates on road conditions are available at nvroads.com, or by calling 511.

ORIGINAL POST: BIG MUDSLIDE BLOCKS US 395 NEAR NEVADA-CALIFORNIA STATE LINE

TOPAZ LAKE, Nev. — A huge mudslide has forced the closure of U.S. 395 at Topaz Lake just north of the Nevada-California state line.

The California Department of Transportation says Monday's mudslide is 100 feet (30.5 meters) in length and up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) deep.

Nevada and California highway officials say there's no estimate for reopening the route in the area about 50 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe.

For northbound traffic, the closure begins just north of the California agricultural inspection station.

The region has been experiencing thunderstorms and heavy rain. The National Weather Service Office in Reno issued a flood warning around 6:45 p.m. Monday.

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