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Heavy Downpours Trigger Slick Roads, Flooding Concerns



    Fatal Crash Temporarily Closes Westbound I-580 in Oakland

    A fatal crash in Oakland forced California Highway Patrol officers to block all lanes of westbound Interstate 580 near Harrison Street. Bob Redell reports.

    (Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

    Another round of rain early Wednesday lashed portions of the Bay Area, triggering headaches on the roadways and more flooding concerns.

    A fatal crash on Interstate 580 near Harrison Street in Oakland temporarily blocked all lanes of westbound traffic during the early morning commute hours, California Highway Patrol officers said on Twitter.

    Flooding Concerns Return to Saturated Bay AreaFlooding Concerns Return to Saturated Bay Area

    Another storm that lashed the Bay Area early Wednesday brought even more water to the portions of the Bay Area. Pete Suratos reports.

    (Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

    At least three lanes of traffic re-opened just after 5:30 a.m., according to the CHP. All lanes were opened just before 6:30 a.m.

    In nearby Orinda, flash flooding near Highway 24 reignited fears for residents trying to dry out after a soaking wet winter. Sandbags were put in place near Camino Pablo and Camino Sobrante in advance of the recent storm, but fast-moving water skirted right around the barriers. As dawn approached, most of the flooding had subsided.

    Crews along the Peninsula Wednesday morning were busy removing a fallen tree that crashed on top of PG&E wires in Menlo Park. The tree toppled near Marcussen Drive and Oak Grove Avenue, according to police. Authorities were forced to close the entire road while they removed it from the pavement.

    Wednesday's storm, which could pack wind speeds ranging from 15 to 30 mph and isolated lightning, will not generate any major river flooding concerns. Showers are expected to taper off by the afternoon hours with clearing expected by the evening.

    A stronger storm on Friday and early Saturday could douse the Bay Area with one to two inches of rainfall before clearing out by late Saturday morning.

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