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Bay Area Storm: Busy Highways Flooded in East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula

Interstate 880 in Fremont was shut down in both directions from Thornton Ave. to Mowry Ave.

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As the Bay Area storm made its way south early Monday, the heavy rain caused flooding and other problems on multiple busy roadways in the southern East Bay, the South Bay and on the Peninsula.

Interstate 880 in Fremont was shut down in both directions from Thornton Avenue to Mowry Avenue, and several motorists were stranded due to deep floodwaters, according to Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP indicated the closure would last for hours and urged drivers to find an alternate route. Some northbound lanes reopened around 5:45 a.m., but the southbound lanes remained closed and were draining slowly, according to Caltrans.

All lanes of Interstate 880 were cleared and reopened at about 9 a.m., the CHP said.

In Millbrae, the Millbrae Avenue off-ramp on southbound Highway 101 is closed due to flooding as of 5 a.m. Monday, and Caltrans officials estimate that it will reopen by noon Monday.

In Walnut Creek, the on-ramp at Olympic Boulevard to southbound Interstate 680 was closed and estimated to reopen by noon Monday.

Highway 84 east of Fremont, also called Niles Canyon Road, was closed down due to a rock slide at Palomares Road, Caltrans said.

Earlier Monday morning and late Sunday night, there were reports of flooding and standing water causing vehicles to stall on southbound Highway 17 at Hamilton Avenue in Campbell, on southbound Interstate 280 in Saratoga and on northbound I-880 near Mission Boulevard in Fremont.

In San Jose, floodwaters shut down the southbound lanes of Highway 87 just north of Julian Street on Sunday night.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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