Sinkhole develops on Encinitas street; bluff slide at Cardiff beach


Rain. (Jan Fillem, Unsplash)

North Coast Current

Local agencies were contending with more weather-related wear to areas of Encinitas following heavy rains earlier in the week.

Repairs were underway on a sinkhole Friday, March 17, in Encinitas, the city reported. The sinkhole developed in the No. 3 lane of southbound El Camino Real north of Via Molena.

On Thursday, March 16, a bluff slide was reported at Cardiff State Beach. Footage of the slide showed that part of a parking lot had been damaged.

Encinitas saw 2.21 inches if rain in the most recent atmospheric river event, which led to large amounts of precipitation March 15 and 16, according to the National Weather Service.

The city is already contending with a challenging sinkhole to repair in Cardiff. The sinkhole that developed on Lake Drive grew after more than an inch of rain fell between March 10 and 11, the city reported.

The expansion is a setback as city crews work to shore up the area and fix the problem, which developed earlier this year because of a drainage issue. It grew significantly by Feb. 26, however, after heavy rains exacerbated the situation.

Elsewhere in coastal North San Diego County, two beaches in Oceanside and Carlsbad were closed as of Wednesday, March 15, after water testing indicated unsafe bacteria levels, according to a San Diego County notice.

A stretch of westbound State Route 78 through the Oceanside-Carlsbad area will be closed for several days to repair weather-related damage, Caltrans and the city of Oceanside announced Wednesday, March 15.