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Squirrels, rain combine to damage Southern California road

March 28, 2019

SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — Squirrels and California’s very rainy winter apparently combined to open a huge hole that blocked a Riverside County road.

The California Highway Patrol says ground squirrels burrowed under Gilman Springs Road near San Jacinto and over time rain water ran through the squirrel den and out the other side of the roadway.

Enough dirt was washed away to create a cavern, causing a hole to appear in the pavement this week and forcing the route to be shut down.

The road reopened early Thursday after a contractor excavated the site and replaced loose soil with cement.