- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

KYBURZ, Calif. (AP) - A key mountain route between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe is closed indefinitely because of a series of mudslides.

Caltrans said Monday that crews are clearing three major slides and several smaller ones along a 30 mile stretch of State Route 50.

The highway is closed in both directions between the communities of Pollock Pines and Strawberry in El Dorado County. Workers on steep slopes are contending with hillsides that are sodden and loose from recent storms.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/2l40aGI) a mudslide Sunday near Kyburz was more than 400 feet long.

To the south, State Route 80 has also seen intermittent closures because of heavy snow and mudslides.

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