Rain-Loosened Rock Debris Blocks Ortega Highway in Orange County

Eastbound lanes of the 74 Highway are closed heading toward Orange County due to rock debris on the road.

The closure was in effect near the Nichols Institute, a landmark in the Santa Ana Mountains between Orange and Riverside counties, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.

The recent rains had loosened the debris, the dispatcher said. The road was expected to reopen at 4 p.m.

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