September 23, 2023

Searchers within the Seven Oaks space of the San Bernardino Mountains on Tuesday, Aug. 22, discovered a cell dwelling that may have belonged to the lacking girl whose residence was swept away Sunday by the surging Santa Ana River, however there was no signal of her.

The cell dwelling was positioned downstream and was full of mud and particles, stated Eric Sherwin, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Hearth Division.

“It was destroyed,” Sherwin stated.

He estimated that 100 folks had been concerned within the seek for the lady and rescue of residents of the group north of Freeway 38 within the wake of the pounding by Tropical Storm Hilary.

The cell dwelling had been positioned at Camp Seven Oaks.

In the meantime, after rescuers hoisted eight residents to security Monday, authorities got here up with a plan to extract the remaining 20 or so who declined to be reeled right into a helicopter earlier than being flown to a turnout on Freeway 38. A hand crew constructed a touchdown zone for a helicopter in a close-by campground, permitting these to wished to go away to easily step into the plane three or 4 at a time, Sherwin stated.

Crews then constructed a land bridge throughout the river.

Entry to that space stays troublesome, with Seven Oaks Highway and Glass Highway impassable.

San Bernardino County Public Works crews had been analyzing, amongst others, these two roads and Oak Glen Highway farther down the hill.

“We imagine roads have harm and a few bridges could also be out. Public Works is on-site assessing it and have tools working to uncover the mud and particles. We’ll have additional evaluation within the subsequent few days on its situation,” the division stated in a message relayed by county spokesman David Wert.

Oak Glen Highway was closed in each instructions from Harris Highway to Casa Blanca Avenue. Potato Canyon Highway was closed at Oak Glen Highway on each ends.