Storm delivers rain, snow to Northern California

November 21, 2010 1:57:51 PM PST
This weekend's storm has created problems for some Bay Area residents including power outages, flooding and property damage.

Saturday night's storm put on a lengthy and impressive light show.

"Oh, it was a little bit crazy. I'm born and raised here, so I'm not used to having this kind of storm, for sure," said Sasha Madfes of San Francisco.

"I'm kind of enjoying it. It's different. We don't get that that often ," said Earl McKean a visitor from Los Angeles."

The heavy rainfall created some minor flooding throughout the Bay Area. In Orinda, the streets had a significant amount of water but cars were still able to pass through it. However, in San Francisco, flooding caused some street closures. At Mandell and Sunnydale, the water was so deep even Muni buses were prohibited from passing through. Another trouble spot was the Highway 101 on-ramp at Alemany Blvd. Officers called the water department to come and pump out some of the water.

"Everboy's slowing down. We're just trying to make sure there's no accident over here," Officer Arnold Borgen told ABC7.

A sudden gush of water flooded a few garages on Alemany Boulevard. Residents say it appeared to be shooting out of the ground.

"The water was squirting out of that manhole. I kept looking, then it went boom!" described apartment manager Michael Seymour. "The thing just flew."

It receded almost as quickly as it rushed in and did not leave behind any notable damage.

The wind was another factor causing problems. At the Bay Street shopping center in Emeryville, a temporary wall came crashing down, hitting a pedestrian and a car with a family of three inside. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries. The family was OK.

The storm also knocked out power across the area, inclduing to 6,000 customers in San Francisco.

Snow closes roads in Sierra

Interstate 80 reopened Sunday morning after being shut down overnight in the mountains.

The snow was falling so quickly it created whiteout conditions, making it difficult to see the road. Drivers were forced to find and follow tracks from vehicles ahead of them. Many people just gave up and pulled over to wait it out. Others found shelter at gas stations .

At midnight, the CHP decided to hold all traffic until conditions improved.

As of Sunday morning, Caltrans information showed Interstate 80 open with chains required from the foothills to the Nevada State Line. U.S. Highway 50 was also with chains required. Chains were also required on State Route 89 in the Lake Tahoe Basin.


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