A massive cliffside near 80 Acres Road south of Gold Beach and about 15 feet from the edge of southbound U.S. 101 slipped and fell away from the roadside during a rainstorm Thursday afternoon.
The highway is still passable, although one lane near mile marker 332 has been closed to allow Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) workers to assess the slide and work in the area, according to Curry County Emergency Coordinator Jeremy Dumire.
Video taken by Dumire depicts a massive pile of mud at the bottom of the canyon and water pouring from a culvert.
ODOT Information Officer Dan Latham said U.S. 101 has been inspected in the area and crews are working to divert water away from the slide.
“We are not concerned about the slide creeping into the lane at this point,” he said. “But one lane is closed to allow ODOT crews to stage equipment.”