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Posted on: February 4, 2019

[ARCHIVED] PCH reopened; Malibu Cyn & Kanan still open; Topanga Closed PCH to Grand View

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PCH Reopened; Kanan & Malibu Cyn Remain Open; Topanga Closed PCH to Grand View

(Update: Mon, Feb 4, 5:30 PM) 

Caltrans has reopened all lanes on PCH following this morning's closure due to mud and debris in traffic lanes. Kanan and Malibu Cyn Rd remain open in both directions, but Topanga Cyn is closed between PCH and Grand View due to debris in the roadway. Caltrans anticipates reopening Topanga this evening. 

Motorists should be cautious of possible rocks and debris in the roadway or falling from hillsides, particularly on canyon roads.

For the latest information regarding road closures, visit the following websites:

City of Malibu:

LA County Public Works:


Areas of Concern

Public Works maintenance crews continue to work in the following areas:

  • Malibu Park – Crews continue working to clear the debris from the streets and storm drains
  • Encinal Cyn Rd – Blade trucks are being used to clear the roadway and storm drains
  • Malibu Rd – Maintenance crews continue working to clear mud and debris from two locations on Malibu Rd
  • Broad Beach Rd – Maintenance crews are working to clear the debris from the road and storm drains
  • Las Flores Cyn Rd – Public Works crews clearing storm drain inlet blocked with debris
  • Birdview Ave – Blade trucks are being used to clear the roadway

City crews and blade trucks will continue working to clear debris from all roadways.

High Risk Areas

The following neighborhoods and streets are at high risk for potential mud and debris flow as they are adjacent to steep slopes or are located at the base of drainage areas:

  • Trancas / Malibu West
  • Malibu Park / Lower Zuma Creek
  • Ramirez Canyon / Paradise Cove
  • Latigo Cyn / Escondido Dr / Maguire Dr
  • Malibou Lake / Cornell Rd
  • Decker Cyn Rd / Decker School Ln / Decker School Rd
  • Encinal Cyn from Lechusa to PCH
  • Mulholland Hwy from Little Sycamore to PCH

Hazardous Weather & Road Conditions 

Rain showers are forecast to continue Monday night through Tuesday night.

The potential for falling rocks and mud and debris flow continues, particularly in the Woolsey Fire burn area. Residents and motorists can expect to see continuous running water at Arizona crossings, and light mud and rock coverage on portions of roadways. Many canyon and local roads will be slippery, and all motorists are urged to drive cautiously and slowly.

Residents with properties that have limited access should maintain good situational awareness and monitor the condition of roadways closely. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams and never drive through flooded roadways. Streets may become flooded and impassible. Identify multiple exit routes out of your property. If you become trapped call 911 and seek high ground.

Flooded streets and mud and debris flows may block roadways for multiple days and access may be limited. Residents should have enough supplies to support themselves for at least 7 to 10 days.

For updated weather information and advisories, visit the National Weather Service (NWS) website at

Emergency Preparation

Residents should take the following preparedness actions to keep themselves, their families, and animals safe during this rain event:

  • Create a Plan: Create an evacuation plan and identify a primary exit route and a secondary exit route, ensuring your vehicle has enough gas and working wipers. If you have animals, elderly family members, or special medical needs, make accommodations beforehand to expedite travel and shelter.
  • Pack a Go-Kit: Be ready to evacuate by having an emergency kit ready and loaded in your vehicle, which should include items such as extra medication, important documents and warm clothing.
  • Stay Informed: Keep aware of road closures, changing road conditions and any evacuation messages by watching local media coverage on television & radio, and following these Twitter handles: @CityMalibu, @CaltransDist7, @LASDHQ, @LHSLASD, @LACoFDPIO and @LACoPublicWorks.

For up-to-date Emergency, Traffic, Weather, and Utility Advisories, visit the Alert Center at

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