Another Deluge on the Way - Officials Tour Storm Damage in Mountains

February 15, 2017

Half Moon Bay Review
By Carina Woudenberg

The entire Bay Area is under a hazardous weather outlook for the coming week as rain is expected to start up again, heading from north to south, across an already saturated region.

The rain was due to return to the coast overnight tonight heading into the Thursday morning commute. The National Weather Service, which issued the outlook, is calling for another round of moderate rain on Friday followed by a lull in the wet weather for most of Saturday and Sunday. Sunday night it is due to start again and the long-range forecast calls for periods of rain through Feb. 22.

The rain will fall on a region that is already having a difficult winter. That is particularly true in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where Highway 35 has washed out in Santa Clara County and periodic mudslides and flooding have made getting around impossible at times.


On Sunday, local, state and federal officials toured an ever-worsening landslide in La Honda. The area was initially damaged last month when a roughly once-inch crack in the Scenic Drive home of Paula and Derek Krogh suddenly doubled in size.

When the Kroghs were moving some of their belongings that night they heard a rushing water sound and saw that a crack had formed in the road.

Since then the slide has continued to move. The Kroghs’ home became heavily damaged and their, along with two others in the Cuesta neighborhood, were ultimately red-tagged.

On Sunday, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo along with state Sen. Jerry Hill, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley and the county’s Public Works Director Jim Porter toured the affected area.