MENDOCINO Co. 1/25/2017 -- The sheriff's office reports that foresters hired by PG&E will be inspecting trees near power lines from low-flying helicopters in Mendocino and Sonoma counties today. Here is a quote from the sheriff's Facebook page:
In Mendocino County, helicopters will fly along Highway 128 (Anderson Valley Hwy), Booneville Ukiah Rd. (253) and Flynn Creek Road over the towns of Booneville and Philo and the communities of Ingram, Yorkville, Soda Springs, Hendy Grove, Reilly Heights, Navarro and Comptche.
Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet – along distribution power lines.
PG&E is using a contract helicopter service to fly foresters to check affected trees.
Depending on clear weather conditions, flights will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
There are a couple of one-way traffic closures on the 101 near Leggett. One is from Dora Creek Bridge to Bridges Creek Bridge, due to drainage cleaning. Another is half a mile south of the South Fork Eel River Bridge, due to slide removal.
There are one-way traffic closures on the 101 a little further south of Leggett, too. One lane of the 101, at the entrance to Georgia Power in Willits, is closed due to drainage work. Alternate lanes on the 101 southbound at Haehl Overhead Bridge are closed due to emergency work.
There is one-way traffic control on Hwy 1 at Albion River due to bridge work.
Two accidents late this morning, no injuries reported for either one. At 10:55am, CHP received a report of a vehicle on its side in the westbound lane of Hwy 20 at Irmulco Road near Willits. Two occupants were out of the vehicle. Another report of an accident came in at 11:27am, of a two-car collision on Hwy 1 at Fish Rock Road, just north of Gualala.
Icy roads this morning. One vehicle spun out on 175 early in the morning and hit the embankment. A second vehicle slid on the ice and was damaged. No injuries were reported.
CHP received a report of horses in the road at 253/Robinson Creek Road in Ukiah at 6:22am.