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The community of Corralitos uses the zipline to access their homes after storms

A zip line has become a lifeline for a community in Corralitos after their access bridge was washed away by stormwater this winter. Darrell Hardy installed the line over New Years weekend when he thought the bridge connecting his community to the main road might go out. “, so I went ahead and set up the zip line,” Hardy said. The bridge failure severed Grizzly Flat Road and Loma Escondida Road from Eureka Canyon Road without the zip line. To supply his family and others, Hardy hooked a zipline basket to carry food, medicine and fuel back to their homes. “It’s kind of scary because you know people live on propane and need gas for generators,” Hardy’s wife Stacey Cooper said. Families living on Grizzly Flatt Road parked cars on the side of the Eureka Canyon Bridge ahead of the January storms in preparation for possible bridge failure. Even once Grizzly Flat residents get to the main road, it’s not easy to get out with downed trees and power lines keeping Eureka Canyon Road closed. The community of Grizzly Flat is in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, but the bridge over Corralitos Creek was owned by the town of Watsonville. Hardy said engineers left to examine the bridge earlier this week, but said repairs will have to wait until water levels drop.

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

Darrell Hardy installed the line over New Years weekend when he thought the bridge connecting his community to the main road might go out.

“KSBW was talking about all the weather coming in and I was like, ‘ho ho, that bridge doesn’t look good,’ so I decided to put the zipline up,” Hardy said.

The Corralitos man said he was glad he made it the second weekend in January when the bridge crossing Corralitos Creek and connecting his community to the main road was washed out. The bridge failure severed Grizzly Flat Road and Loma Escondida Road from Eureka Canyon Road without the zip line.

Hardy said there were seven households off Grizzly Flatt Road, with some residents in their 80s and others with young children. To supply his family and others, Hardy hooked a zipline basket to carry food, medicine and fuel back to their homes.

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

Families living on Grizzly Flatt Road parked cars on the side of the Eureka Canyon Bridge before the January storms in anticipation of a possible bridge failure. Even once Grizzly Flat residents get to the main road, it’s not easy to get out with downed trees and power lines keeping Eureka Canyon Road closed.

The community of Grizzly Flat is in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, but the bridge over Corralitos Creek was owned by the town of Watsonville. Hardy said engineers left to examine the bridge earlier this week, but said repairs will have to wait until water levels drop.

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