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Marin County Declares Local Emergency Over Hwy 37 Flood

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    Bay Area Tries to Recover After Rainstorm Causes Damages

    The rain is not done yet, as more rain is expected to hit the Bay Area, as some cities are still cleaning up the mess. Marianne Favro reports.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019)

    Marin County officials declared a local state of emergency Friday over severe storm damage that has shut down lanes on Highway 37 in Novato, with much of the closures expected to last through the weekend.

    "The declaration would allow the County to apply for state and possibly federal aid to reimburse the County for infrastructure repairs and other related expenses," the county said in a statement.

    Engineers and experts have been working around the heavily damaged areas, analyzing embankments and levees to minimize damage to roadways and properties.

    The water from the midweek storm eroded the foundation underneath a set of railroad tracks and caused a levee break after Novota Creek, which passes under Highway 37, exceeded capacity.

    Marin County Declares Local Emergency

    [BAY] Marin County Declares Local Emergency

    "The declaration would allow the County to apply for state and possibly federal aid to reimburse the County for infrastructure repairs and other related expenses," the county said in a statement.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019)

    County officials said the floodwater needs to recede out to San Pablo Bay before the full extent of the damage can be accurately determined.

    The impacted railway is for freight trains and runs east-west parallel to Highway 37, according to county officials. Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit commuters are not impacted by the damage.

    All westbound lanes on Highway 37 from Atherton Avenue to Highway 101 in Novato are closed, and eastbound traffic is facing a partial closure, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    On Friday night, crews decided to shut down one eastbound lane to give crews and contractors access to fix the breached levee. The lane will stay closed until the repair is finished, CHP Marin said Saturday.

    Some drivers are upset because they thought recent work on the road was supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

    "They retrofitted it last year they fixed it. It’s going to be pretty hard on us. My reaction to it, I’m a little disappointed," Sonoma resident Cameron Stuckey said.

    Emergency Repairs Underway in Novato

    [BAY] Emergency Repairs Underway in Novato

    More traffic headaches on Hwy. 37 are expected Friday morning as crews work to fix a levee breach that has part of the North Bay artery closed.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 15, 2019)

    CHP officials said the work was done to improve drainage. "All that is holding. It’s not the same problem that happened here," CHP said.

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