December 21, 2010 (Mt. Palomar) – Heavy rains and high winds have caused numerous rock slides, mud slides and downed trees during tonight’s storm on Palomar Mountain, Fire Chief George E. Lucia reports. “The South Grade Road access was closed twice to traffic due to rocks and trees,” he added.
Palomar Mountain’s Volunteer Fire Department is working around the clock with the San Diego County Road Department, State Parks, Cleveland National Forest and CHP to keep the roadway open and free of rocks and debris. The Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department CERT team was also activated to assist local residents and firefighters during this severe weather.
“The South Grade Road access was closed twice to traffic due to rocks and trees,” said Lucia. “Some telephone service has been reported out on the west side of the mountain but there have been no reported power outages.”
No injuries have been reported so far and only minor street flooding on lower East Grade road, according to Lucia.