By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Caltrans District 8 (Information)
Pictures: Caltrans District 8 (Courtesy)
Desert Center, California: Flash flooding from passing storms has caused a washout along eastbound Interstate 10 at Rubble Ditch Bridge on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022.
According to Caltrans District 8, all eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 will remain closed until further notice due to washout.
Pictures from Caltrans District 8 shows water flowing through a large deep gash along eastbound lanes of Interstate 10, along with sections of drainage pipe that were overwhelmed by the floodwaters.
Construction work is also seen in the area of the washout, working on what appears to be a bridge for eastbound lanes of Interstate 10.
There are reports of major traffic delays for motorists trying to head east.
Caltrans District 8 is telling all motorists wanting to head east should use alternate routes such as Interstate 40 or Interstate 8 instead of California State Route 177 and California State Route 62.
According to Caltrans District 8, California State Route 177 from Interstate 10 Freeway to California State Route 62 is closed for unknown duration because of flooding and downed power lines.
As of 10:00 p.m. PT Wednesday, Caltrans District 8 reports maintenance crews are working to clear mud and water from California State Route 177, and that crews from Southern California Edison were responding to reports of downed power lines.
All westbound lanes of the Interstate 10 are open but traffic is moving slow through the area.