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Published on February 21, 2024
Malibu Rock and Mudslides Prompt Road Closures, Disrupting Traffic and Pepperdine Classes Amid Continuous Rainfall in Los Angeles AreaSource: X/L.A. County Fire Department

Malibu has been hit with a barrage of rock and mudslides, leading to major road closures and disrupted routines for area residents. The slides followed a consecutive three-day downpour that has pummeled the Los Angeles region. Malibu Canyon Road was completely shut down in both directions at Piuma Road after a rockslide resulted in mounds of earth and boulders obstructing the passage, information released by the California Highway Patrol indicated.

Lanes along the Pacific Coast Highway were also impacted with closures between Corral Canyon Road and Latigo Canyon Road due to mudslides. Motorists have been advised to circumvent the area and seek alternative routes. Meanwhile, Pepperdine University had no choice but to cancel Wednesday's in-person classes at its Malibu campus as staff and students grappled with the impassable roads, according to ABC 7

Additional areas have been plagued by adverse weather conditions. Bouquet Canyon Road near Texas Canyon Road saw a significant rockfall, and the 105 Freeway experienced flooding—to the extent of disabling a car—in Lynwood near Alameda Street. Local services are working tirelessly to manage the disruptions and ensure public safety. NBC Los Angeles reported that Benedict Canyon Road has been restricted to local access from Mulholland Drive to Hutton Drive due to a partially collapsed roadway.