Dozens of vehicles are still stuck in the mud after flooding in California — and it could take months to dig them out

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Some vehicles had to be dug out partly by hand.
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Flash flooding in southern California caused landslides that left dozens of cars stuck in the mud, the Associated Press reported.

The violent storms, which started on Thursday, October 15, unleashed thick mud that trapped the vehicles along State Route 58 in Kern County. Many homes in the area were also flooded with water and mud.

At least 30 still remain stuck in the now-hardened mud, but the California Department of Transportation hopes to have them removed by this Thursday, if not sooner. Some officials say the entire mess could take months to clear up though, according to the Daily Mail.

Reuters photographer David McNew captured images of the remaining cars and trucks on the highway.


Immediately after the mudslide on Thursday, nearly 200 vehicles, including 75 semi-trailer trucks, were stuck in up to five feet of mud, a local sheriff’s spokesman said.

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Here, a truck and its trailer sit wheels-deep in California mud.

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Kerjon Lee, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Public Works, said that crews need to clear out 20,000 dump trucks worth of dirt, which could take months.

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Some of the digging is even done by hand. Here, a worker crawls to connect chains to pull on a truck mired in mud and debris.

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It’s a slow and dirty job.

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This Jeep is barely visible above the mud. Uprooted trees and other debris make its rescue even more difficult.

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The cars aren’t the only thing in trouble. A beekeeper has to spray his trailer full of beehives with water to keep the bees from overheating.

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El Niño is expected to hit California this winter; experts fear the mudslides last week are just a preview of what’s to come, according the Los Angeles Times.

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Source: Los Angeles Times


Some vehicle owners stayed with their cars and trucks overnight. Truck driver John Tate, who was still sitting in his truck on Friday, told the LA Times, “It’s like something you see on TV.”

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Source: Los Angeles Times