Photos: That Valentine’s Day storm really did a number on some local roads

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The huge storm that dropped massive amounts of rain in the Coachella Valley and Southern California and did a number on the local roads.

Crews continue to work on clearing and repairing roadways – which, based on some of the photos shares by Caltrans Saturday morning, might be a while:

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The agency did tweet that a $3.5 million emergency contract is in place to clear out Highway 111 north of Palm Springs.

And that is not the only roadway with issues, there is huge damage on Highways 74 and 243 in the local mountains:

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The major damage to Highway 243 between Banning and Idyllwild and Highway 74 will be closed for four to six weeks, according to officials. The cost of the repairs are estimated to be about $8 million.

For those thinking about heading up to Big Bear, Highway 38 is closed from Hatchery Drive to Valley of the Falls.  Also, Highway 18 from Boulder Bay to Snow Valley is closed due to mud, rockslides and portions of the roadway washing away.

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And while crews work to repair the roads, more rain could be on the way, according to the forecast.

You can check the status of Southern California roads and highways here.


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