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Flooding, storm-related damage is closing Bay Area roads

Crews work to mitigate flooding, make repairs in the wake of an atmospheric river

Crews work to mitigate flooding, make repairs in the wake of an atmospheric river


SAN FRANCISCO — Persistent flooding due to the region’s relentless rainfall and damage to roads in the region from recent storms will make travel around the Bay Area challenging Sunday.

While the rain on Sunday was not as widespread and heavy as the intense precipitation that fell Thursday afternoon into Friday morning, there were some isolated downpours that contributed to flooding in parts of the East and South Bays.

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On Sunday morning, Caltrans reported that a 21-mile stretch of Highway 1 in Watsonville was closed from Salinas Road to Highway 129 due to flooding from the Pajaro River levee breach. There was no estimated time for the highway to reopen.

Additional flooding had been reported on I-880 in Hayward by CHP in the Thornton Avenue area, with one lane closed southbound and three lanes northbound.

The flooding brought traffic to a near standstill in that part of the East Bay.

CHP units are on site with Caltrans crews as they try to contain the flooding.

Flooding also closed I-880 south of CA-84 E in Fremont in both directions with all lanes blocked. Traffic is being diverted onto Mowry Avenue. There is no estimated time to reopen lanes due to that flooding.

CHP also issued a severe traffic alert due to flooding on US Highway 101 southbound between Pacheco Pass Hwy and CA-25 in Gilroy, the same area that has proven prone to flooding during river atmospheric events. The right lane is currently closed. Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternative routes to avoid the area.

The San Mateo County Sheriff also reported multiple road closures Sunday morning. In San Carlos, the Belmont Creek flood closed Old County Road at Harbor Boulevard with some minor flooding in adjacent streets. Rijkswaterstaat agents and employees are on site to solve the problems.

Westbound Highway 92 is flooded at Spanish Town with one-way traffic controls.

Meanwhile, Highway 84 remains closed in both directions from Portola Road to Skyline Boulevard due to weather-related damage from a landslide and multiple slipouts that closed the roadway on Saturday.

Caltrans shared photos on Sunday morning revealing the extent of damage to the roadway.

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