Roads affected by mudslides, floods

January 26, 2008 10:25:15 AM PST
Storm systems passing through the area have caused major flooding on Bay Area roadways, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Places such as Santa Rosa have been hit particularly hard by the storm, the CHP reported. As of 9 a.m. Valley Ford Road at Freestone Road and Bloomfield Road, Lakeville Highway at Browns Lane, Graton Road at Dyer Road, Green Valley Road at Ross Road, River Road at Wohler and Trenton roads and Mark West Station Road at Starr road were all closed due to significant flooding.

State Highway 1 at Stinson Beach Federal Park in Marin County is also closed due to flooding.

Mud and rockslides caused by the storm are also wreaking havoc on roadways around the region. Northbound U.S. Highway 101 at state Highway 128 in Santa Rosa was closed this morning from a mudslide. California Department of Transportation crews opened a lane at 7:30 a.m. and CHP is now running traffic control in the area.

Highway 1 at Audobon Canyon Ranch in Marin County also had a rockslide. The roadway was passable at around 8 a.m., but Caltrans crews are advising motorists to find a way around the area until it can be cleared.

Another section of Highway 1, at Devil's Slide in San Mateo County, was closed Friday due to a mudslide, Caltrans reported. The slide occurred around 3:30 p.m. and was not cleared until just before 10 p.m.

The most recent storm to hit the Bay Area dropped large amounts of precipitation in a short amount of time, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tentinger said. Parts of the North Bay got over 3 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, as did downtown San Francisco. San Francisco Airport recorded 2.54 inches in the past 24 hours and downtown Oakland received 1.78 inches.

Another storm system is expected to move into the Bay Area tonight, Tentinger said. Rain is expected throughout the region, but not with the same intensity of the last storm.

"The next storm will be widespread, but will not bring heavy rain," he said.