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May 31, 2023

New cameras monitor Arroyo Seco landslide

Live webcam available for public view

GREENFIELD — The County of Monterey, along with Cal Fire and state geologists are continuing to monitor a landslide in Arroyo Seco west of Greenfield that was discovered last month following the onslaught of winter storms.

As part of that monitoring, an ALERTCalifornia camera station has been installed by the California Department of Emergency Services to monitor the hillside where the slide occurred, roughly near the junction of Arroyo Seco and Carmel Valley roads.

“Although the landslide has stopped moving at this time, it can continue moving,” according to Maia Carroll, communications coordinator for the County. “Having eyes on this area at all times can help emergency crews respond quickly if that happens.”

Based at the University of California San Diego, ALERTCalifornia is a public safety program that provides critical infrastructure for mitigating wildfire and natural disaster risk to life, property and ecosystems. The advanced network of more than 1,000 cameras across California helps emergency managers monitor natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods and landslides.

The cameras provide a live online feed to allow continuous monitoring of the Arroyo Seco slide. (ALERTCalifornia)

The recently added Piney Creek cameras provide a live online feed to allow continuous monitoring of the Arroyo Seco slide. The public can view the feed on the ALERTCalifornia camera webpage at and search for “Piney Creek,” or click here for Camera 1 or here for Camera 2.

In April, geologists placed stakes in the slide area and drone footage allowed officials to get a full look at the mountain area.

Arroyo Seco Road also experienced storm damaged during the recent winter storms at other nearby locations.

Carroll said Arroyo Seco Road at Carmel Valley Road remains closed to the public “until repairs can be made” on the section west of Carmel Valley Road. County Public Works is in the process of designing and preparing for roadway repairs, which could begin as early as June.

Arroyo Seco Campground, just over 3 miles west of the junction, also remains closed at this time due to repairs.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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