Posted by: Stan Russell | January 24, 2023

CABS: Update on South Coast Helicopter Resupply

Dear South Coast Neighbors,

Monterey County & State OES do not have a confirmed date/time for the Helicopter Resupply for this week. As soon as we have a date & time, CABS will send out a notification and utilize all of our avenues of communicating this with all of your help. Thank you!

PLEASE continue to submit Safeway Food Orders and SPCA pet / livestock orders today, January 24th. Also, please continue your outreach to those who may not have heard of this opportunity and/or thought they were too late to order.

All forms to be emailed to: info Any questions, please contact Patte Kronlund – info.

Patte Kronlund
Community Association of Big Sur

Big Sur Health Center Medication Update:

We have now learned that in order to get early medication refills, you must call your insurance company and explain your emergency situation.

Once insurance approves the early refill date, the prescription can be filled.

It may be faster to request and arrange for mail order.

Ask your doctor to send the order to your insurance company. All prescriptions must be prepaid.

Sharen Carey, PA-C
Big Sur Health Center Sharen Carey, PA-C

Original Resupply Notice:

Dear South Coast Neighbors,

The Community Association of Big Sur is working in collaboration with Big Sur Fire, Big Sur Health Center, Big Sur CERT, Monterey County OES, US Forest Service, Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and many others for a “Helicopter Resupply” for this Wednesday or the latest Friday.

This resupply is for those of you who are trapped between Mill Creek Slide south to Polar Star Slide/Ragged Point and is for food ordered from Safeway at the Crossroads, Animal / Livestock needs from the SPCA, medications facilitated by the Big Sur Health Center (see below), and more food provided by the Big Sur Big Share.

These forms – Resupply Food Order and Resupply Livestock/Animal Needs – need to be completed and emailed to: info by Monday, January 23rd, by 7:00 PM. We apologize for the short notice. Please share this notification and forms with your neighbors. If you have questions, please contact Patte Kronlund at info.

MEDICATION NEEDS

Big Sur Health Center is coordinating with CABS, BSF, and County OES to help obtain medication refills for all those trapped between Mill Creek and Polar Star.
If you need any medication refills, please follow these steps:

  1. Call your medical office first thing Monday morning and explain you have an urgent, time-sensitive medical need.
  2. Ask the office to call your prescriptions BY NOON to CVS pharmacy at Carmel Crossroads.

Request a minimum supply of at least 2 weeks, more if insurance allows.

  1. Call CVS at 624-0148
  • Tell CVS you are part of the medication supply for Big Sur.
  • Pay any necessary co-pays or other charges.
  • Tell them Sharen Carey from Big Sur Health Center will be picking up your prescriptions for you.
  1. Jasmine Horan is your point of contact for communicating your medication needs. Please email Jasmine at Jasminestarhoran with the following information:
  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Number of prescriptions (no prescription names)

I will be picking up medications at 3:00 pm on Monday, placing them in individual bags for privacy, and boxing them for transport on the helicopter that will be bringing all supplies over to you.

We know some of you receive your prescriptions by mail. A request to include mail on the transport helicopter has been made.

Thank you and please stay safe!
Sharen Carey, PA-C
Big Sur Health Center

Download Food Order Form HERE. (PDF, 2 Pages, 142 KB)

Download Livestock & Pet Form HERE. (PDF, 1 Page, 115 KB)

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Good morning team,

The Department of Emergency Management has launched a virtual Local Assistance Center on the web. It is available in English and Spanish. Please push the link out to your contacts as we will be doing the same with our collaborators and the media. We are also requesting that the county’s social media working group share on their channels so we can maximize distribution.

Here is the link:
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/winterstormsVirtualLAC

Thank you,

Nicholas M. Pasculli
County Communications Director
Chief Public Information Officer
County Administrative Office
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 796-3094 O/M
PasculliN

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Date: Monday, January 22, 2023, at 7:45 p.m.
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Alexa Bertola
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RESUPPLY CONVOYS BETWEEN PAUL’S SLIDE AND LIME CREEK
SET FOR NEXT TUESDAY AND FRIDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans is coordinating with the Monterey County Emergency Operations Center to schedule a resupply convoy on Highway 1 on Tuesday Jan. 24 and Friday Jan 27.

The convoys will depart from the north gate at Paul’s Slide (PM 22.5) at 8 am and travel to the north closure limit at Lime Creek (PM 32). The convoy will then turn around and head south back to the gate at Paul’s Slide.

The convoy will repeat this trip again, starting at the north gate of Paul’s Slide at 12 pm and 4 pm.

Residents are asked to wait at their driveways if they wish to join the convoy as it passes.

Again, these convoys will take place on Tuesday Jan. 24 and Friday Jan. 27, with starts at the north gate at Paul’s Slide at 8 am, 12 noon, and 4 pm.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Caltrans Traveler Road Information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

USEFUL LINKS:
Big Sur Mile Markers https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html
Big Sur Map https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/map.html

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Media Advisory

Portions of the Big Sur Community face long-term Isolation

The County of Monterey Department of Emergency Management in conjunction with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Big Sur Fire Department, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and the Big Sur community are working on a plan to meet the needs of residents that are essentially cut-off from vital services due to multiple landslides on State Highway 1.

In meetings with the County Department of Emergency Management team over the last two days, Caltrans shared information regarding the closure of the Highway 1 due to slides at three locations. These slide areas include Paul’s Slide (Postmile 22 in Monterey County), the Mill Creek slide (PM 18 in Mon. Co.), and the Polar Star slide (San Luis Obispo County, 24 miles south of Mill Creek).

Paul’s Slide has once again accelerated in response to the recent heavy rainfall. It is unpredictable and the slope continues to adjust as the slide moves, causing material to flow and rocks to roll into the roadway.

At Mill Creek, the saturated and over steepened slope is on the edge of stability and appears to be approaching failure.

At Polar Star, rocks and soil are constantly falling from the temporary cut that was made at the base in order to gain access for crews and equipment to remove the slide material and correct drainage. The failure of the over steepened rock material could occur at any time.

Currently there is no safe access through Paul’s Slide, Mill Creek, or Polar Star, effectively isolating the Big Sur coast between the Polar Star slide, just south of Ragged Point to and through Paul’s Slide.

Caltrans will be leading convoys of residents impacted by the slides by the HWY 1 slide closure north of Paul’s slide interior locked gate at mile marker 22.5 to the north of the outer closure at mile marker 32.35. Convoy scheduled for Tuesday & Friday at 8:00 am, 12 noon, and 4:00 pm.

Residents that are impacted by slides on HWY 1, between the Pauls slide and the Mill Creek slide are able to use Nacimiento Fergusson Road on an emergency basis. Residents south of the Mill Creek slide are not able to reach Nacimiento Fergusson Road. The County, State, Big Sur Fire and local collaborators are developing a plan to insure basic needs are met for all residents remaining in the effected areas.

“Our concern is that this is going to be a prolonged closure and our top priority is making sure people have access to essential services,” said Tracy Molfino, interim manager of the Monterey Department of Emergency Management.

The County’s public information office is working to establish open lines of communications with community groups to ensure people get access to vital information. “The County is committed to providing timely and accurate information to the residents and businesses in Big Sur to help manage this difficult situation,” said Nick Pasculli, Chief Public Information Officer.

The County will utilize social media and email communications as well as the county’s website to push information out to this community.

Download PDF of this press release

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Alexa Bertola
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL TO BEGIN SUNDAY ON HIGHWAY 1
SOUTH OF GRANITE CANYON BRIDGE

MONTEREY COUNTY – Travelers on Highway 1 can expect one-way traffic control to be in effect just south of Granite Canyon Bridge beginning Sunday Jan. 22.

One-way traffic control will be in effect near PM 64 starting Sunday Jan. 22 at 5 am and will continue through Tuesday Jan. 24 at 5 am.

Crews will be on site to replace a section of guardrail which was undermined during recent storms.

Please allow for extra time for your travel through the area this weekend.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Caltrans Traveler Road Information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

USEFUL LINKS:
Big Sur Mile Markers https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html
Big Sur Map https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/map.html

Undermined guardrail and slide on Highway 1 just south of the Granite Canyon Bridge.

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Dear Member,

We hope everyone has made it through the recent storms with minimal damage to property and the supporting infrastructure, and that our team members are housed and safe. There’s no doubt we have all been impacted by the storms and the resulting loss of business – for some, the impacts have been significant.

At the federal level, FEMA has financial assistance available for both businesses and individuals, and at the state level, individuals are able to apply for disaster unemployment insurance as well.

To apply for federal financial assistance, you can now go to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.

Federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters can be requested at www.disasterloanassistance.sba.gov.

Individuals can apply for disaster unemployment insurance at www.edd.ca.gov. When filing a claim online, please answer “Yes” to the question “Are you unemployed as a direct result of recent disaster in California?”, and then follow the prompts.

We will forward additional information as it becomes available.

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 19, 2023

State Parks sponsored Whale Watching Saturdays from 10 am to Noon.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Date: Monday, January 19, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Alexa Bertola
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #17
ROAD CONDITIONS DO NOT PERMIT CONVOYS AT THIS TIME
CREWS BEGIN WORK AT POLAR STAR

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Caltrans and contracted crews continue to report throughout the day on road conditions within the Highway 1 closure area. The northern closure limit moved south on Tuesday Jan. 17 and is now located at Lime Creek at PM 32.

Convoys
Caltrans is aware of the dire circumstances being faced by residents, as well as our own crew, within the closure area. Caltrans has made the resumption of resupply convoys a priority once roadway conditions permit such travel.

The rains which followed the January 13 resupply convoy made sections of the highway unpassable due to damage to the roadway. Within the last 24 hours, inspections have reported multiple locations within the closure limits where slope failures above the roadbed extended well into the roadway. New slides are occurring every day, even in areas where they have not previously occurred, due to the level of saturation of the soil due to the extended period of inclement weather.

In addition to slide activity, the rock nets at Paul’s Slide, which provide a level of protection at this site, were damaged. Repairs of these nets is underway. The removal of debris and material is necessary to allow repairs of these nets to begin.

At this time, Caltrans engineers and contractors on site indicate that the roadway is not safe for public travel at multiple locations as a result of field observations of existing damage and the unpredictability of the new failures.

Caltrans is committed to allowing for a convoy when the roadway conditions are improved enough for it to be conducted safely. We are in conversations about the field conditions multiple times a day with our field staff and contractors. We will schedule the next convoy as soon as road conditions allow.

Polar Star
Progress is being made at the southern slide located one mile south of Ragged Point at
a location known as Polar Star. Crews were able to create an opening at the bottom of the slope where crews and equipment have been able to pass to the north side of the slide to address the drainage and slope from above.

This work is being conducted on an unpredictable, steep slope, near the top of the slide.

Much work needs to be done to control the drainage issues on the surface and below the surface at this site.

The top of the ridge continues to recede back away from the road in the direction of a utility pole. Caltrans and contracted crews are coordinating with PG&E to remove this pole within the next few days.

No public travel is permitted at this time through the Polar Star slide due to the treacherous and unstable nature of the slide.

The southern closure of Highway 1 will remain at the elephant seal viewing area, four miles north of San Simeon.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Caltrans Traveler Road Information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

USEFUL LINKS:
Big Sur Mile Markers https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html
Big Sur Map https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/map.html

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Date: Monday, January 16, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Alexa Bertola
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #16
NORTHERN CLOSURE OF HIGHWAY 1 CONDITIONALLY SET TO MOVE SOUTH TO LIME CREEK ON TUESDAY JAN. 17 AT 2:00 PM

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – With drier weather in the forecast, Caltrans is planning to move the northern closure limit of Highway 1, from its current location at Deetjen’s Inn (PM 43), south to Lime Creek (PM 32), on Tuesday Jan. 17 at 2 pm.

The scheduled move of the closure is conditional.

The northern limit will move south provided that Tuesday morning inspections of the roadway reveal that the road is safe for the traveling public.

Should morning inspections reveal that the road is safe to travel, the northern limit will move to Lime Creek on Tuesday Jan. 17 at 2 pm, offering additional access to the coast from the north.

Please note that, during forecasted rain events, the closure will be restored to the northern closure point at Deetjen’s.

It is anticipated that a resupply convoy, such as the one that took place on Friday Jan. 13, may be able to be scheduled in the coming days as road and weather conditions permit and crews are able to clear a path.

The road has sustained new damage in several areas which will need to be assessed to determine when a convoy may be viable, and if there may be a necessary reduction in the areas through which the convoy is able to travel. Updates will be provided as these assessments provide more information.

The southern closure of Highway 1 will remain at the elephant seal viewing area, four miles north of San Simeon.

A significant slide, one mile south of Ragged Point, at a location known as Polar Star, extends over both lanes of travel. The highway is impassible at this location and is expected to restrict access to Ragged Point from the south for several weeks to months.

Note: It is not permissible or safe to go across the slide area at Polar Star on foot. The public is asked to refrain from approaching the area surrounding this slide.

With clearing weather, a contractor will be mobilizing at Polar Star tomorrow and technical assessments will continue.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Traveler information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

USEFUL LINKS:
Big Sur Mile Markers https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html
Big Sur Map https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/map.html

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 3:30 p.m.
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #15
NEW SLIDE ACTIVITY ON HIGHWAY 1 WITH ASSESSMENTS TO CONTINUE

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Caltrans continues to make assessments at numerous locations on Highway 1 which are showing significant instability as a result of an ongoing rain event.

There is a new slide at PM 18, just south of Mill Creek, which has covered both lanes of the roadway. The gates at Paul’s Slide at PM 22 remain locked and recent activity there has moved sections of the catchment area’s concrete barriers into the center of the roadway. Crews are also responding to an area north of Lucia at PM 23.5, where a lane there has settled over a foot in the last two days. A new closure is in place at that location known as Morning Glory.

In addition, there are multiple locations within the closure area which are exhibiting activity and, in some cases, distributing material across the roadway or undermining the road.

Caltrans has resident crews within the closure area. These crews are conserving supplies as a result of this extended period of storms. Even during these storms, crews have continued to respond, and are making daily evaluations of the roadway.

In advance of clearing weather over the course of the next few days, Caltrans crews and additional contracted crews are being mobilized to help clear the road.

It is anticipated that a resupply convoy, such as the one that took place on Friday Jan. 13, may be able to be scheduled in the coming days as road and weather conditions permit and crews are able to clear a path.

The southern closure of Highway 1 will remain at the elephant seal viewing area, four miles north of San Simeon. A significant slide, one mile south of Ragged Point, extends over both lanes of travel. As a result, the highway is impassible at this location and is expected to restrict access to Ragged Point from the south for several weeks.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Caltrans Traveler Road Information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

USEFUL LINKS:
Big Sur Mile Markers https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html
Big Sur Map https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/map.html

New slide area on Highway 1 in Monterey County just south of Mill Creek, Jan. 15, 2023.

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

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