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UPDATE: Most I-5 lanes reopen after Wednesday mudslide

Posted: October 9, 2013 4:05 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2013 6:47 p.m.

Interstate 5 was completely shut down in both directions in Sun Valley for several hours Wednesday after an apparent broken main sent water and debris into the freeway lanes, according to officials with the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said the incident occurred around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Though the exact nature of the incident was still under investigation, Kimball said it was initially reported as the result of a water main break.

Whatever the cause, the result was large amounts of water, mud and debris inundating all I-5 lanes.

CHP officers shut down the northbound I-5 lanes from the Ventura Freeway for about three hours, according to CHP reports. Traffic was diverted off the southbound lanes at Osborne Street.

Caltrans crews were using bulldozers and street sweepers to clean up the road.

At 9:20 p.m., CHP officer A. Rubio told The Signal three lanes on the southbound I-5 were open.

He said there was no information on when the last southbound lane and the two remaining northbound lanes would reopen.

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