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Highway 395 Reopens After Massive Mudslide Near Nevada-California State Line

Public Safety / Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West via AP

This image provided by Department of Public Safety/Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West shows mudslides on U.S. Highway 395 in Douglas County, Nev., north of the Nevada-California state line, Monday, May 21, 2018.

Public Safety / Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West via AP

UPDATED 2:18 p.m.

A major freeway in the Sierra was reopened Tuesday afternoon after a massive mudslide shut it down Monday night.

The mudslide at Topaz Lake near the Nevada-California state line covered U.S. Highway 395 with 100 feet of debris as deep as 5 feet in some spots and forced the temporary evacuation of part of the Topaz Lodge casino.

Dozens of vehicles were temporarily stranded in the lodge parking lot, but no injuries were reported.

Meg Ragonese with the Nevada Department of Transportation, or NDOT, says crews used backhoes and loaders to haul the mud and debris away.

"We then actually used basically a platoon of street sweepers to remove the remaining mud and dirt layer from the highway so that we could safely reopen again to drivers at about 12:30 p.m.," she said.

Ragonese says with rain still in the forecast and the ground already saturated, they're worried about another slide.

"We will continue to have roadway cleanup equipment staged in that area,” she said. “Our road maintenance crews will continue to closely monitor both the road and the weather conditions."

Five rooms at the Topaz Lodge suffered mud and water damage and as many as 200 people were evacuated to the second floor Monday night.

Douglas County emergency crews were assessing the possible impact to homes and infrastructure near the lodge on Tuesday.

The region has been experiencing thunderstorms and heavy rain for several days, and rain remains in the forecast into Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Updates on road conditions are available at nvroads.com, or by calling 511.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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