Floodwaters wash out, shut down part of Interstate 10 in Southern California desert

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Heavy rains and flooding washed out parts of Interstate 10 in Southern California on Sunday, July 19, 2015, shutting down traffic in both directions.

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DESERT CENTER, Calif. -- Heavy rains and flooding washed out parts of Interstate 10 in Southern California, shutting down traffic in both directions.

Floodwaters cut a large gully through the eastbound side, while the ground under the westbound lanes was completely undermined, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

A 30-foot-by-50-foot section of the eastbound side of the interstate “is washed away and the bridge is gone,” according to an incident report on a California Highway Patrol website. The CHP said the 10 closure will be long-term.

A driver of a pickup truck had to be rescued from the washed-out road on Sunday as asphalt and other debris fell around it, fire officials said. The injuries were listed as minor.

The incident took place near Desert Center, about 170 miles east of Los Angeles and about 50 miles from the Arizona border.

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