The Corralitos community uses a zip line to access their homes after storms

A zipline has become a lifeline for a Corralitos community after their access bridge was washed away in stormwater this winter. Darrell Hardy put up the line over New Year’s weekend when he thought the bridge connecting his community to the main road could disappear. “, so I went ahead and put on the zip line,” said Hardy. The Corralitos man said he was glad he did the second weekend in January, the bridge that crossed Corralitos Creek and connected his community to the main road had washed away. The bridge failure cut off Grizzly Flat Road and Loma Escondida Road from Eureka Canyon Road had it not been for the zipline. Hardy said there are seven households in the Grizzly Flatt Road area, with some residents in their 80s and others with young children. To supply his family and others, Hardy has attached a basket to the zipline to carry food, medicine and fuel to their homes. “It’s a little scary because you know people live on propane and need gas for generators,” said Hardy’s wife Stacey Cooper. Families living on Grizzly Flatt Road parked cars on the Eureka Canyon side of the bridge ahead of the January storms in preparation for a possible bridge break. Even once the residents of the Grizzly Flat get to the main road, it’s not an easy ride with fallen trees and power lines blocking Eureka Canyon Road. The Grizzly Flat community is in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, but the bridge over Corralitos Creek was owned by the City of Watsonville. Hardy said engineers came to the bridge to look at it earlier this week, but said repairs will have to wait until the water level drops.

A zipline has become a lifeline for a Corralitos community after their access bridge was washed away in stormwater this winter.

Darrell Hardy put up the line over New Year’s weekend when he thought the bridge connecting his community to the main road might fail.

“KSBW was talking about all the weather coming up and I went, ‘ho ho that bridge doesn’t look good’ so I went ahead and set up the zipline,” Hardy said.

The Corralitos man said he was happy to have washed away the bridge over Corralitos Creek that connected his community to the main road on the second weekend in January. The bridge failure cut Grizzly Flat Road and Loma Escondida Road from Eureka Canyon Road were it not for the zipline.

Hardy said there are seven households in the Grizzly Flatt Road area, with some residents in their 80s and others with young children. To supply his family and others, Hardy has attached a basket to the zipline to carry food, medicine and fuel to their homes.

“It’s a little scary because you know people live on propane and need gas for generators,” said Hardy’s wife Stacey Cooper.

Families living on Grizzly Flatt Road parked cars on the Eureka Canyon side of the bridge ahead of the January storms in preparation for a possible bridge break. Even once the residents of the Grizzly Flat get to the main road, it’s not an easy ride with fallen trees and power lines blocking Eureka Canyon Road.

The Grizzly Flat community is in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, but the bridge over Corralitos Creek was owned by the City of Watsonville. Hardy said engineers came to the bridge to look at it earlier this week, but said repairs will have to wait until the water level drops.

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