After Landslides, California’s Big Sur Facing Tough Tourist Season | NBC Nightly News


DISASTERS PUTTING
THEIR LIVELIHOODS AT
RISK. HERE’S NBC’S STEVE
PATTERSON.
>>Reporter: IT’S ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST
STUNNING ROADWAYS,
CALIFORNIA’S HIGHWAY 1, RIGHT ALONGSIDE THE
OCEAN.
AND FOR ABOUT A 90-MILE STRETCH, IT
BELONGS TO BIG SUR.
A SCENIC RETREAT FOR VISITORS TRYING TO
SPEND A LITTLE TIME
OFF THE GRID. >>IT LOOKS LIKE YOU
WOULD IMAGINE A
FAIRYTALE LAND TO LOOK LIKE.
>>Reporter: THIS
YEAR, HEAVY RAIN SATURATED THE GROUND
SENDING PARTS OF THE
CLIFFS CRASHING DOWN IN FEBRUARY.
LEADING TO THE
DEMOLITION OF THIS BRIDGE.
AND TO THE SOUTH, JUST
A FEW WEEKS AGO, A QUARTER MILE LANDSLIDE
CLOGGING THE ROAD.
DUEL DISASTERS TURNING THE HEART OF BIG SUR
INTO A 30-MILE ISLAND,
ESSENTIALLY CUT OFF. BUSINESSES THAT ARE
OPEN ARE STRUGGLING.
SOME HAVE TO CLOSE COMPLETELY.
>>YOU’RE REALLY CUT
OFF. >>TOTALLY CUT OFF.
>>Reporter: HISTORIC
BIG SUR INN FORCED TO SHUT DOWN AT THE
HEIGHT OF THE TOWN’S
BUSY SEASON. >>WE CAN’T DO
BUSINESS RIGHT NOW.
IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. >>WE WERE LOOKING AT
SALES LOSSES OF ABOUT
$320,000 A DAY. AND YOU’RE LOOKING AT
UPWARDS OF $9 MILLION
IN A MONTH. >>Reporter: BIG SUR
CHAUM BER OF COMMERCE
CHAIRMAN SAYS THE OVERALL BLOW TO
COMMERCE IS
DEVASTATING BUT THE COMMUNITY IS
RESILIENT.
>>WE’RE GOING DO GET THROUGH THIS AND, YOU
KNOW, TRY TO PROP EACH
OTHER UP. >>Reporter:
DAY-TO-DAY LIFE IS A
CHALLENGE. >>IT’S GETTING TO BE
TOO MUCH.
I’M READY TO HAVE NORMAL AGAIN.
>>Reporter: BARTENDER
SANDER IS ONE OF DOZENS OF RESIDENTS
FORCED THE HIKE IN
ORDER TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.
>>EVERY MORNING,
GETTING UP AT 6:15 TO DO THE SCHOOL RUN.
WALK THE TRAIL WITH
GROCERIES. >>Reporter: THE
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT
OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THE BRIDGE SHOULD BE
REBUILT BY THE END OF
SEPTEMBER. REOPENING ACCESS TO
THE NORTH SIDE.
BUT FOR NOW, IT’S GOING TO BE A TOUGH
SUMMER

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