Bay Area storm live updates: Highway 99 partially reopens after days-long flooding

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Intense storms that battered the San Francisco Bay Area for more than a week caused flooding, downed trees and power outages. After another weekend of rain and strong winds, some dry days are ahead this week, but another storm is expected Wednesday. Even with a break in the rain for now, the region is still facing residual effects as a result of the strong storm.

Jan. 18, 2023

10:40 a.m.
Highway 99 partially reopens between Lodi and Acampo

Southbound lanes and one northbound lane on state Highway 99 between Peltier Road in Acampo and Turner Road in Lodi in San Joaquin County have reopened as of Wednesday after a days-long closure due to flooding.

All southbound lanes were reopened at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday and the left northbound lane opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The right northbound lane remains closed, according to Caltrans.

There is no estimate for when that lane will reopen. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area during the closure.

The stretch of highway was closed on Monday after the lanes were flooded. Crews are using two 10-inch diameter sump pumps to pump the water from Woodbridge Road to the Mokelumne River 5,000 feet south, Caltrans officials said.

9:15 a.m.
FEMA adds 3 more counties to major disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has added three more counties to its list of areas declared a major disaster area in the wake of heavy storms, a move that allows residents and businesses to apply for federal assistance.

FEMA officials added Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Tuesday, a day after the first disaster declaration for Santa Cruz County.

Monterey County has suffered at least $30 million in public infrastructure damage during the recent storms, county officials said Sunday in a preliminary damage assessment as part of its official reporting to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

To apply, residents can visit DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA app or call the bilingual FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362.

7:30 a.m.
Recovery fund launched for Seacliff State Beach

A recovery fund is underway for Seacliff State Beach, an iconic stretch in Santa Cruz County, after a series of storms devastated the area.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a nonprofit that partners with California State Parks to help maintain parks in Santa Cruz County, launched the "Seacliff State Beach Recovery Fund" to assist with long-term recovery efforts.

Known for its winding staircase and a cement ship at the end of the beach's fishing pier, Seacliff suffered extensive damage earlier this month when enormous swells pummeled the beach during a heavy winter storm.

The nonprofit said that the seawall that was in front of the seawall was destroyed and estimates that it would cost over $30 million to rebuild the pier and the seawall.

More damage could be assessed over the coming weeks and months as crews work on cleaning up and rebuilding infrastructure.

"Though it is painful to consider the devastation to this park, the experience provides an opportunity to be strategic about rebuilding and ensuring resilience in the era of climate change and its impacts on Seacliff State Beach," Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks said in a statement.

People can visit www.thatsmypark.org to make a donation and find other ways to support state parks in Santa Cruz County

6 a.m.
ACE trains canceled after another train stuck due to mudslide in Niles Canyon

Altamont Corridor Express has canceled all trains Wednesday after a morning train was stopped between Pleasanton and Fremont due to another mudslide.

At 5:30 a.m., ACE train 01 encountered a mudslide in Nile Canyon, according to spokesperson David Lipari. This is the same area where mudslides stopped a train on Tuesday, causing over 200 people to be evacuated after being stuck for hours.

READ MORE: Another ACE train blocked by mudslide in Niles Canyon, all trains canceled Wednesday

Jan. 17, 2023

6:30 p.m.
Roads closed, homes threatened in East Bay hills as officials monitor mudslides

Due to recent mudslides in Niles Canyon, ACE 04 and 10 are canceled today, January 17. ACE 06 and ACE 08 will run at regularly scheduled times.

Travel difficulties continued Tuesday in the Oakland and Berkeley hills area as major roads were closed for much of the day after mudslides. There are also worries about the slides advancing towards more homes, with more potential rain on the way.

6 p.m.
Repurposing fallen trees into furniture

The sound of chainsaws and wood chippers can be heard all around the Bay Area right now as neighborhoods clean up all the fallen trees uprooted during the storms.

And now the question: What do you do with them?

Enter Nick Harvey. Harvey is the founder of Bay Area Redwood, a company that repurposes trees and then uses the wood to make unique pieces of art and furniture. He is working with many Bay Area families to find creative uses for their fallen trees.

5:30 p.m.
Portion of Hwy 99 remains closed due to flooding

A full closure remains in place on state Highway 99 from Turner Road in Lodi to Peltier Road in Acampo as of Tuesday due to flooding, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans officials said crews have been working 12-hour shifts to address the flooding, but there is not an estimate yet for when the highway will reopen.

Two 10-inch diameter sump pumps are being used to move pooled water from the flooded areas on northbound Highway 99 at Woodbridge Road through about 5,000 feet of steel pipe to the Mokelumne River to the south, Caltrans officials said.

Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes during the closures and should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

5 p.m.
225 passengers evacuated from ACE train due to Niles Canyon mudslide

An Altamont Corridor Express train had to be evacuated near Sunol on Tuesday after a mudslide blocked the train's railroad tracks.

Alameda County Fire Department first responders were dispatched around 8:40 a.m. to the train's location in Niles Canyon. The train was traveling west toward Pleasanton when the mudslide forced it to stop.

The train did not derail as a result of the mudslide and no injuries were reported, according to county fire officials.

Some 225 passengers on the train were evacuated. A spokesperson for ACE was not immediately available to comment.

4 p.m.
San Mateo Co. nonprofit annihilated by 'wall of mud' from storms

A nonprofit retreat center in San Mateo County that serves to heal others is now in need of help themselves after being battered by recent rain and mudslides.

Set among the majestic redwoods of Pescadero, Venture Retreat Center is a nonprofit for those in search of a slice of peace, in an otherwise chaotic world.

In what felt like an instant, the storm's wrath mixed with mud, penetrated their main lodge and surrounding grounds. It even displaced a visiting group and caused power outages and water main breaks that took days to restore.

Volunteer Janelle Bartlett describes the grounds as a "river of mud" and shows us the 6-foot deep pool that is now filled with mud and debris. Toppled furniture litter the one serene deck area where guests gathered for outdoor meals and meetings.

Armed with whatever tools they can find, volunteers have been painstakingly digging out and salvaging whatever is left, which isn't much. And like the nearly two weeks of relentless rain, the task at hand feels never-ending. The thigh-high mud still visible on the walls of the main lodge in places, despite non-stop cleanup.

The retreat center has since started a GoFundMe to help with the cleanup. Visit here to help.

9:50 a.m.
Mudslide prompts ACE train delay in Niles Canyon

An ACE train encountered a mudslide in Niles Canyon, prompting delays as crews inspect the tracks. The equipment and passengers are reporting no damage or injuries, and officials say the train did not derail in the incident.

A spokesperson said passengers on the impacted train were moved to the last two cars, which were uncoupled. Another train brought those cars to the Pleasanton station, where buses were waiting for passengers.

ACE said this afternoon, ACE 06 and ACE 08 will operate from San Jose to Stockton. ACE 04 and ACE 10 will be canceled. Mutual aid is being offered by Capitol Corridor. Normal operations are anticipated for Wednesday.

Jan. 16, 2023

11 p.m.
People head outside to enjoy the sunshine for 1st time in weeks as storm cleanup continues

After a seemingly never-ending stretch of storms, the sunshine is finally back in the Bay Area.

In San Francisco, a still soaked Crissy Field was alive with people.

"We didn't have to bring our umbrella. We just kind of walked out of the house and didn't have to worry about getting drenched," said Kate Costello.

But it wasn't bright skies for everyone. Earlier in the day, The Golden Gate National Recreation Area tweeted a photo of an old military structure on the beach of Fort Funston after it slid down a nearby bluff.

"I believe that what rolled out of the hill this morning was a piece of the rifle range, apparently dated to the 1930s," said retired National Park Service Curator, John Martini.

The structure tumbled off the cliff around 10 a.m. Monday, likely due to the saturated land according to park officials.

"We actually did a study to see could we stabilize in place some of these structures, especially some of the gun positions, and it was just so prohibitively expensive," said Martini.

Fort Funston is home to several such military structures, some of which played roles during the second world war.

Due to time and erosion, several have fallen over the years.

No one was injured in the slide, but park staff reminded visitors to be cautious of their surroundings in the area.

4 p.m.
Hwy 13 expected to reopen Monday evening after closure for mudslides

Caltrans crews are still working Monday afternoon to remove mud from a stretch of of southbound Highway 13 in Oakland, where a fallen tree and mudslides closed the road late Sunday night.

The road is expected to reopen between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday, according California Highway Patrol Officer Adib Zeid.

3:40 p.m.
Southbound lanes of Hwy 1 reopen after rockslide near Tom Lantos Tunnels

The southbound lanes of Highway 1 near the Tom Lantos Tunnels have reopened after a massive boulder and rockslide blocked part of the roadway.

3:30 p.m.
South Bay reservoirs spilling following storms

This series of atmospheric storms filled many Santa Clara County reservoirs to the point of spilling.

"Uvas Reservoir in South County has been spilling for a good week, Almaden Reservoir on and off, Coyote Reservoir been spilling," said Bassam Kassab, Water Supply Operation Manager for Valley Water.

The most recent to spill has been Lexington Reservoir near Los Gatos.

Crews have been working to clear debris and blockage throughout the county but one of the most important jobs for those who manage the local waterways will be to draw down the reservoirs to stop the spilling.

They expect spilling at Lexington to stop in the next three days and the other reservoirs within a week or two.

This time of year, Valley Water says the reservoirs can't stay completely full in case more storms come, so they will be releasing some of the water until the spring when we typically don't expect as much rain.

2:15 p.m.
WWII bunker slides off bluff onto beach at Fort Funston

Golden Gate National Recreation Area officials are urging visitors to be attentive to their surroundings and follow trailhead signs after a WWII bunker slid off a bluff and onto the beach below.

1:10 p.m.
Both directions of Hwy 37 reopen after flooding

The California Highway Patrol tweeted Monday afternoon that both directions of Highway 37 are open and only the right westbound lane remains closed for safety reasons. It will reopen once CHP deems it to be safe.

1 p.m.
Massive boulder, rockslide blocking part of Hwy 1 near Devil's Slide

A massive boulder and rockslide are blocking part of Highway 1 near the Tom Lantos Tunnels. Video taken from ABC7 reporter Gloria Rodriguez shows cars are still able to make it around the boulder but traffic is slowed in the area.

12:30 p.m.
19 homes evacuated along Kirker Creek in Pittsburg

Pittsburg PD confirms they asked families in at least 19 homes along the Kirker Creek to evacuate overnight, along with four units in the Fox Creek Apartment complex. Twelve people were rescued via boat by a swift-water rescue team.

12 p.m.
Rushing water at the Lexington Reservoir

Video shows the Lexington Reservoir spillway outflow at the base of the dam. The water goes into Los Gatos Creek.

8:20 a.m.
NB 101 in Redwood City closed

Lanes are blocked on Northboound 101 in Redwood City due to emergency pothole repairs at Woodside Road. Dozens of cars have been damaged by the large pothole.

CHP says to expect delays and advises using alternate routes. There is no estimated time of opening.

8:15 a.m.
Berkeley mudslides shutdown roads, cause evacuation warnings

Several areas in Berkeley have seen mudslides Monday morning.

The spiral between Wildcat Canyon and Middlefield, Middlefield North of the crossways, and Wildcat Canyon between Sunset and Park Hills Road are closed due to a mudslide.

Berkeley police are advising residents in the area to be prepared to evacuate, and say some already have.

UC Berkeley police also say to avoid the area of Sports Lane at the Clark Kerr campus because of a mudslide.

Read more here.

Jan. 15, 2023

9:40 p.m.
Santa Clara County extends evacuation warning to include more areas

The County of Santa Clara announced an extension to existing evacuation warnings to include community members residing in the watershed areas along the Bloomfield Avenue Area - between Highways 25 and 152, and south of Bloomfield Avenue to the county line - due to the weather conditions and potential risks of flooding to the general public and property.

SCC said the prior evacuation warning zone is being expanded due to two levy breaches in San Benito County, which is adjacent to the expanded zone area.

The county's office of emergency services recommends that community members living in the marked areas should gather their household members, pets, personal items, important documents, prescription medications, change of clothes, non-perishable foods, water, extra batteries, flashlights, and phone chargers in preparation for potential evacuations.

The county also announced a Local Assistance Center at San Martin Lion's Club, located at 12415 Murphy Ave. in San Martin. This shelter is accessible and all service animals are welcome.

4:35 p.m.
Caltrans announces several storm-related highway closures

The latest winter storm system to move through the Bay Area region has resulted in various highway closures in the following locations due to road hazards on the highway, says Caltrans:

East Bay:

Alameda County -- SR 84 (Niles Canyon) from Main Street in Sunol to Mission Boulevard in Fremont is closed.

North Bay:

Sonoma County -- SR 1 near Coleman Gulch Road. One-way traffic control in place.

Sonoma County -- SR 1 at Russian Gulch to Meyers Grade Road. One-way traffic control in place.

Marin County -- Full closure of SR 37 between U.S. 101 and Atherton Avenue, including connector ramps from U.S. 101

Napa County -- Westbound SR 128 near Lower Chiles Valley Road. One-way traffic control in place.

South Bay:

Santa Clara County -- Eastbound SR 130 near Quimby Road. Local Traffic Only.

San Mateo County -- SR 92 from upper SR 35 to Pilarcitos Creek Road, Half Moon Bay. One-way traffic control.

San Mateo County -- Lane reduction in place on southbound U.S. 101 near Broadway Street.

San Mateo County -- Northbound SR 1 near Pescadero Road. One-way traffic control in place.

4:15 p.m.
More slides prompt new, continued closures to parts of Hwy 1, Caltrans says

Caltrans says it continues to make assessments in its recovery efforts for numerous locations on Highway 1 that have been impacted by the series of California storms.

Multiple locations continue to be closed:

  • Roads just south of Mill Creek are closed both ways due to a recent rockslide
  • Crews are responding to an area north of Lucia, where a lane has accrued over one foot of debris and sediment over the last two days
  • A new closures is in place at the location known as Morning Glory
  • The southern closure of Highway 1 will remain at the elephant seal viewing area, four miles north of San Simeon.
  • A significant slide, one mile south of Ragged Point, extends over both lanes of travel. As a result, the highway is impassible at this location and is expected to restrict access to Ragged Point from the south for several weeks.

Caltrans crews will be onsite at these locations over the next few days to help clear the roadways.

12:50 p.m.
Hwy 37 in Novato to remain closed indefinitely, Caltrans says

Highway 37 between Highway 101 and Atherton Ave. in Novato will remain closed indefinitely, Caltrans said in a tweet.

11 a.m.
Both directions of Hwy 37 in Novato to remain closed until Monday, Caltrans says

Highway 37 between Highway 101 and Atherton Ave. in Novato will remain closed until Monday, Caltrans said. The area closed after water rose from the Novato Creek Saturday afternoon.

Caltrans is continuing to pump out flood water, but crews say, more water is coming from downstream.

10 a.m.
Muir Woods in Mill Valley reopens Sunday

After being closed Saturday due to storm, Muir Woods is expected to reopen Sunday, but at a later time, at 10 a.m.

9 a.m.
Both directions of Hwy 37 closed in Novato due to flooding, CHP says

Image of flooding at Highway 37 in Novato, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.
Image of flooding at Highway 37 in Novato, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.
California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol says both directions of Highway 37 from Atherton Ave. to U.S. Route 101 in Novato are closed due to severe flooding.

Crews are trying to pump out floodwater.

No word when the highway will reopen.

8 a.m.
Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay partially reopens, crews continue to repair sinkhole

Caltrans has partially reopened state Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay as of Saturday evening.

One-way traffic control went into effect just after 8 p.m. Saturday on eastbound Highway 92 at Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) to Pilarcitos Creek Road in Half Moon Bay.

Westbound Highway 92 remains closed from Highway 35 to Pilarcitos Creek Road in Half Moon Bay.

The closure remains in effect while work crews continue to make repairs on a sinkhole.

Jan. 14, 2023

8 p.m.
Golden Gate Bridge reopens both directions after big rig overturn: Caltrans

Golden Gate Bridge is opening back up in both directions, according to Caltrans. Drivers should expect traffic delays, consider alternate routes, and allow for additional travel time.

7:15 p.m.
SR 37 near Atherton Avenue in Marin Co. closed in both directions due to flooding: Caltrans

Caltrans in coordination with the California Highway Patrol has closed State Route 37 in both eastbound and westbound directions near Atherton Avenue in Novato due to storm related flooding.

Motorists are encouraged to use U.S. 101 to I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, then eastbound I-80 to travel from Marin County to Solano and other North Bay destinations.

7 p.m.
Golden Gate Bridge closed in both directions due to overturned big rig: Caltrans

The Golden Gate Bridge closed in both directions early Saturday evening due to an overturned big rig. Emergency crews and the California Highway Patrol are on scene. Motorists can expect traffic delays.

4 p.m.
Flood Advisory in effect in Santa Cruz Co., NWS says

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory in Santa Cruz County until 6 p.m.

1 p.m.
Evacuation orders for Holohan, East Lake and College in Santa Cruz County, officials say

Evacuations are underway along Holohan, East Lake and College areas in Santa Cruz County, officials say

11:30 a.m.
Hundreds without power in West Marin after giant tree knocks down power lines, blocks road

PG&E is trying to restore power after a giant Cypress tree fell on the road knocking down power lines on Highway 1 in Point Reyes in West Marin.

The tree fell at Mesa Rd. and Cypress Rd. shutting down the road. Caltrans is working to clear the tree, according to ABC7's Cornell Barnard who's at the scene.

At last check, nearly 900 customers in the area are without power.

10:40 a.m.
Muir Woods in Marin County closed Saturday due to weather, park says

Officials with Muir Woods say the park will be closed Saturday as a result of the morning's storm. "Due to severe storm impacts, weather forecast, and road conditions, we have decided to close Muir Woods today."

They say reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded. They will monitor Sunday's weather conditions to see if the park will reopen.

10:35a.m.
Parts of Cloverdale Road in Pescadero in San Mateo County closed due to mudslide, CAL FIRE says

Parts of Cloverdale Road in Pescadero in San Mateo County is closed due to mudslide, CAL FIRE CZU said on Saturday. Officials say the closure is near Butano State Park Road. Drivers should avoid the area. There is no estimate of reopening.

9:25 a.m.
Flood Watch undegraded to Flood Warning for Sonoma County, Santa Rosa fire officials say

The National Weather Service has upgraded a Flood Watch to a Flood Warning for Sonoma County through 2:30 p.m., Santa Rosa fire officials said. The NWS could change the time of the warning based on weather conditions, officials added.

8.30 a.m.
Report of power lines down in Berkeley, firefighters say

The Berkeley fire department is advising residents to avoid the area of Clairmont Ave. between Stonewall, Tanglewood and Avalon until further notice due to multiple power lines down in Clairmont. More info here.

8 a.m.
Evacuations underway in Felton Grove in Santa Cruz Co. due to major storm, officials say

Emergency evacuations are underway in Felton Grove because of the relentless weather.

"Deputies are in the area. If you live in the neighborhood, please leave now," Santa Cruz County officials tweeted Saturday morning.

They're concerned about possible flooding along the San Lorenzo River later today.

There are two evacuation centers open for this community.

One is at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.

Another is set up at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

Both areas are pet friendly and have RV parking.

This is an area that has already been hit hard.

The town of Felton has been pummeled with rain --- leaving a swampy mess for people living in the Felton Grove neighborhood.

Residents have had to evacuate multiple times since the start of the new year due to major flooding.

And this morning, Santa Cruz County officials urging residents to get out once again.

7:45 a.m.
Pregame flyover over Levi's Stadium canceled

Saturday's scheduled pregame flyover over Levi's Stadium has been canceled because of weather.

The wild-card playoff game will still continue.

The 49ers are set to play against the Seattle Seahawks at 1:30 p.m.

6 a.m.
High Surf Warning in effect for coastline until 10 a.m.

A High Surf Warning is in effect for the coastline until 10 a.m. Saturday due to the heavy rain and strong wind. Waves are expected to be 20 - 25 feet tall. Officials say people should stay out of the water because of life-threatening swimming and surf conditions.

5:30 a.m.
Wind Advisory in effect for Bay Area Saturday morning, Solano Co. until 6 p.m.

There is a Wind Advisory in effect for the entire Bay Area this morning. The advisory will be in effect longer for Solano County from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

5a.m.
Flood Watch in effect for entire Bay Area this weekend through Monday with more rain, strong winds

There is a Flood Watch for the entire Bay Area through Monday at 4 p.m. with flooding possible as strong Level 3 Storm makes way to the Bay Area Saturday morning.

Jan. 13, 2023

11 p.m.
Marin Co. first responders gear up for the weekend, while still recovering from Friday's storm

At an apartment complex in Fairfax, a mudslide crashed into the building from an adjacent hill, displacing 19 residents along with their pets.

"I got woken up this morning by a loud knock on the door. It was the fire department saying the whole hill was coming down," said one of the evacuees.

Another slide happened down the road in Lagunitas, where one family was left to clean up the mess in their backyard.

While Friday was a busy day for first responders around Marin County, fire officials tell ABC7 News they're also gearing up for what's to come this weekend.

At the Marin County Fire Station in Woodacre, Battalion Chief Graham Groneman showed us some of the search and rescue equipment he and his team are getting ready for the coming days.

"We're going to see trees down, power lines down. People are going to be out of power. And I think it all comes down to where the storm impacts the Bay Area," he said.

He says that there will be several teams on standby throughout the county, ready to respond in a moment's notice.

"We've had multiple deployments of our urban search and rescue team and our water team in preparation for these storm events," said Groneman.

But after weeks of heavy rain and wind, Groneman says he thinks everyone is ready for a little break.

"I think we're all ready for the sun to come out and things to dry out a little bit."

8 p.m.
North Bay under Flood Advisory until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory for portions of the Northern Bay Area, including Sonoma County until 10 p.m. this evening. NWS says urban and small stream flooding caused by additional rainfall on already saturated soil is expected.

This will have an impact of :

  • Minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas
  • Rises in small streams
  • Dangerous flows over low-water crossings
  • Water over roadways
  • Overflowing poor drainage areas
  • Some impassable low-water crossings
  • Elevated river or stream flows
  • Ponding of water in urban or other area

"Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles," said NWS in its announcement.

The agency also recommends the public to:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.
  • Please report observed flooding to local emergency services or law enforcement and request they pass this information to the National Weather service when you can do so safely.

5:45 p.m.
Evacuation warnings issued for parts of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County has issued evacuation warnings for watershed areas of the Uvas Reservoir, Pacheo Pass River basin and Highway 101 and Bolsa Road due to potential risk of flooding and weather conditions.

Pacheco Pass River Basin for those living in the areas of:

  • El Toro Rd South of HWY 152 to Bloomfield Ave
  • Lovers Lane between Shore Rd and HWY 152

Watershed Areas of the Uvas Reservoir include those living:

  • South of Uvas Reservoir including Thousand Trails RV Park and Uvas Pines RV Park
  • South of Sycamore Drive and Watsonville Rd
  • Homes south of Lions Peak
  • South of Day Road and Geri Lane
  • Watsonville and HWY 152

HWY 101 and Bolsa Rd.:

  • South of Hwy 152, East of Hwy 101.
  • South of Pacheco Pass (Hwy 152) and East of Hwy 101.
  • South of Luchessa Ave. and East of Thomas Rd.
  • East of Santa Teresa Blvd. to Castro Valley Rd.
  • North of Castro Valley Rd. to Luchessa Ave.
  • North of Hwy 25 between Hwy 101 & Bloomfield Rd.
  • West of Bloomfield Ave. between Hwy 25 & Pacheco Pass (Hwy 152)
  • East of Hwy 101 to Pacheco Pass (Hwy 152)

The county is encouraging resident to stay off the roads, creek beds, waterways and fast moving waters. For more information, go to www.PrepareSCC.org/Flood.

5 p.m.
Santa Clara County braces for more storms

In Santa Clara County, clean up and repairs continue after the region was hit with flooding and mass power outages.

Now, officials are preparing for the next round of storms and working to make sure the public is ready too.

"Crews, as you're well aware, are working around the clock for the past few weeks to remove debris and other blockages from those portions of creeks and streams throughout Santa Clara County," said John Varela, Valley Water board chair.

The emergency order has been extended throughout the county to provide necessary resources.

Varela says nearly 52,000 homes and businesses in Santa Clara County are within the FEMA special flood hazard area.

County officials say the circumstances are challenging, but they're ready for the worst.

"This season, we've been coordinating all year through hot weather and cold weather," said Darrell Ray, deputy director of Santa Clara County's Office of Emergency Management, "So we got plenty of practice throughout the last 12 months."

Officials also urge everyone to sign up for local reverse 911 alerts like SCCalerts in Santa Clara County.

Other reminders include making sure you have an emergency plan with family and friends and have an emergency supply kit.

1 p.m.
Comcast opens free WiFi hotspots to help residents during storms

Comcast announced Friday that more than 147,000 public Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout Northern and Central California are now available and free for anyone, including non-Xfinity customers, to use during the storms. For a map of public hotspots visit Xfinity.com/wifi.

12:45 p.m.
Wind Advisory issued for entire Bay Area on Saturday

ABC7 News Meteorologist Drew Tuma says a Wind Advisory has been issued for the entire Bay Area from 4 a.m.-Noon Saturday for wind gusts up to 50 mph.

6 a.m.
Caltrans running limited convoy operations to closure area of Hwy 1

Caltrans is running a limited convoy operation on Friday in order to allow for access in and out of the closure area of state Highway 1 for resupply runs.

This is limited access to allow for resupplies during this window of milder weather before a more intense storm passes over the region this weekend.

Convoy schedule for Friday:

  • Convoy will depart from Ragged Point at 12 noon and arrive just south of Deetjen's Inn at approximately 1:30 p.m.
  • Convoy will depart from just south of Deetjen's Inn at 3 pm and arrive at Ragged Point at approximately 4:40 p.m.

Jan. 12, 2023

6 p.m.
North Bay prepares for next round of storms

In the North Bay, a break between storms Thursday meant a chance to cleanup, dry out and assess the damage from the last storm.

Chain saws were working overtime, trying to remove a giant 100-foot Pine tree from Janine Wilson's backyard in Santa Rosa where it toppled around 3 a.m. Thursday, after heavy storms this week.

"We heard a big boom, saw hole in the ceiling, got out and called 911," said Wilson. Remarkably, no one was hurt but about that hole in the bedroom ceiling - it's about 12 inches wide.

Across town, Robert Cepeda's tree trimming crew was more than busy, he says they've working non-stop since New Year's Eve.

On the fast moving Russian River, levels were holding steady at Forestville.

Flooding could happen possibly Sunday. Sonoma County Fire District Captain Shawn Johnson was watching the river and taking advantage of a break in the weather to do some swift water rescue training.

3:05 p.m.
Oakland Zoo to remain closed

Oakland Zoo tweeted on Thursday that it would remain closed due to reconstruction delays from massive sinkhole damage caused by the Bay Area storms.

2:30 p.m.
Niles Canyon Road reopens after repairs, flooding

Caltrans tweeted Thursday afternoon that Niles Canyon Road (Highway 84) between Fremont and Sunol has reopened after repairs to a guardrail and flooding.

12 p.m.
Santa Clara Co. leaders urge residents to sign up for Emergency Alerts

After devastating flooding across Santa Clara County, leaders are calling on the public to make potentially life-saving preparations on our last day of dry weather before the rain returns this weekend. The best way they say people can do this is by signing up for emergency alerts from SCCAlerts.org.

More than one million residents have signed up for the personalized alerts for where you live in the county. 166 thousand texts and made 462 calls have been sent out over our recent winter storms. This includes when the Uvas Creek Flooded in Gilroy. With flooding a possibility this weekend, Santa Clara County wants everyone to be ready for all possibilities.

"Knowledge can save lives," Santa Clara Co. Board of Supervisors President Susan Ellenberg said. "Information can help you avert personal disaster. Connectivity allows you to protect your loved ones."

8:30 a.m.
Flood Watch issued for entire Bay Area this weekend

ABC7 Meteorologist Drew Tuma says a Flood Watch has been issued for the entire Bay Area this weekend. While we're getting a break from the rain Thursday, he forecasts it returning with a chance of thunderstorms Friday. An even stronger storm, a Level 3 on the exclusive ABC7 Storm Impact Scale, is expected to hit the region on Saturday, with the worst of it hitting between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.

8:30 a.m.
Sinkhole closes both directions of Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay, CHP says

Highway 92 in San Mateo County has been shut down again in both directions due to a sinkhole that formed overnight, CHP says. Latest here.

7 a.m.
CA extreme drought virtually eliminated after January storms, Bay Area sees 'huge gains'

A new drought monitor is out and the extreme drought category (second highest) has been virtually wiped out across California. A small sliver still exists on the California/Oregon border but that only accounts for 0.3% of the state. Full story here.

Jan. 11, 2023

5 p.m.
Hwy 92 reopens with alternating one-way traffic controls due to unsafe road conditions

Authorities say Highway 92 has reopened with alternating one-way traffic controls from upper Highway 35 west to Pilacritos Creek Road.

Earlier Thursday, CHP shut down the highway due to unsafe road conditions caused by the wet weather. CHP tweeted out a picture of the dip in the road that they said could turn into a sinkhole if cars continue to drive on that portion of the road.

2:20 p.m.
Flood Advisory issued for San Francisco, parts of Marin, San Mateo counties

ABC7 Meteorologist Drew Tuma says Flood Advisory has been issued for San Francisco, southern Marin County and northern San Mateo County.

1 p.m.
CA water officials give update on parade of storms

Officials with the California Department of Water Resources and forecasters give an update on the parade of storms that continue to cause problems across the state.

11:18 a.m.
State Route 92 in Redwood City closed in both directions at State Route 35 in Redwood City, CHP says

State Route 92 in Redwood City is closed in both directions between upper and lower State Route 35 due to unsafe road conditions caused by the wet weather, the California Highway Patrol says. They say drivers should take alternate routes.

11:12 a.m.
Eastbound lane of Bolinas Road in West Marin closed due to landslide

Marin Public Works says the eastbound lane of Bolinas Rd is closed near Sky Oaks Rd intersection in West Marin due to a landslide. Traffic controls says measures are in place allow for alternating two-way traffic through the other lane until the road can be repaired.

Jan. 10, 2023

2:15 p.m.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and CA officials give update on storm damage in Bay Area, state

Governor Gavin Newsom and California officials gave an update on the storm damage that slammed the Bay Area and state.

He says around 34,000 people across California are currently under evacuation orders and 163,000 people are without power in the state.

Gov. Newsom says the wind has been a disproportionate factor in terms of downed power lines and fallen trees.

He is reminding the public "just because it looks clear, doesn't mean it is clear," to take precautions with the weather.

Newsom also addressed the five-year-old San Luis Obispo boy who is missing after he was swept away in floodwaters on Monday.

"It's at moments like this, we just pray for a miracle. That young boy child whose lives now danger having been missing for some time, down in Paso Robles."

He also addressed how we're in a drought. "We're in the third year of the driest drought conditions that we've experienced in recorded history going back to 1896."

Newsom also says "the dryers are getting a lot drier in the last three years and the wets are getting a lot wetter. This weather Whiplash is that new reality?"

He says the focus should be on how the state manages these challenges and how it deals with hydrology going forward. "In terms of storm water capture, rainwater capture, and how we address these floods in terms of banking the water for the future."

1:45 p.m.
Flash Flood Warning downgraded to Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Warning has been downgraded to a Flash Flood Watch for the entire Bay Area until 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

1:21 p.m.
Tree falls on Muni bus in San Francisco

A big tree fell on a Muni bus in San Francisco on Tuesday, according to ABC7's Lyanne Melendez who shot video of the incident. It happened at Stockton and Sutter. Melendez says live power lines also fell. No word yet on any injuries.

12:40 p.m.
Thunderstorms expected at parts of the Bay Area this afternoon, National Weather Service says

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms are expected to hit portions of the Bay Area throughout the afternoon on Tuesday. They are advising residents to take precautions, saying "when thunder roars, go indoors."

Officials say Sutro Tower in San Francisco suffered a lightning strike as a thunderstorm moved across the city.

12:20 p.m.
Flash Flood Warning issued for SF, Daly City and South San Francisco, NWS says

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for San Francisco, Daly City CA and South San Francisco until 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service tweeted on Tuesday.

10:00 a.m.
SF sees half a year's worth of rain in last 2 weeks

ABC7 News Meteorologist Drew Tuma says San Francisco has seen half a year's worth of rain in the last two weeks. Since Christmas Day we have only experienced two completely dry days.

9 a.m.
These State Routes are closed in Santa Cruz County, CHP says

SR-9 at Keystone way

SR-9, between Glen Arbor Rd. and Holiday Ln.

SR-9, north of SR-236

SR-9 at Lazy Woods Rd.

SR-35 at Bear Creek Rd.

SR-236 at Little Basin Rd.

9 a.m.
Nearly 100,000 power outages in Bay Area

PG&E is reporting over 93,000 power outages on Tuesday, with most coming from the South Bay.

PG&E says that over 53,000 outages are in the South Bay and over 19,000 outages are on the Peninsula.

Downed trees and power lines have caused issues Tuesday morning.

4:45 a.m.
Flood Warning canceled for Russian River

The flood warning along the Russian River has been canceled as cresting moved just below the 32-foot flood stage.

However, there remains significant flooding and damage in the area. The parking lot at Steelhead Beach on the Russian River is underwater.

John Cordes says his friend's entire yard in Guerneville flooded and his only way out was by boat.

Two cars submerged in flood waters at Slusser and River Roads just outside Santa Rosa.

Fire crews also helped rescue the driver trapped in a Mercedes.

4:30 a.m.
Southbound Hwy 17 has reopened

Following a landslide that blocked the road on Monday, Highway 17 at Glenwood Dr. in Los Gatos has reopened.

Before reopening the highway, CHP officers were out checking the roadways, which were lined with downed trees.

Jan. 9, 2023

7:45 p.m.
All lanes reopened on Highway 101 in Gilroy

The northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 101 in Gilroy have reopened, according to a Caltrans tweet. Both directions closed following major flooding on the highway and homes flooding.

Video shows homes, highways near Gilroy flooded following major storm

6:15p.m.
Southbound Highway 101 in Gilroy reopens

ABC7's Amanda del Castillo said the southbound direction of Highway 101 in Gilroy has reopened.

5:30 p.m.
The following roads remain closed or experiencing flooding in Gilroy:

  • 101 South of Monterey Road
  • Northbound-one lane is open, all southbound lanes are closed. Closure anticipated through at least 6 p.m. For updates, visit here.

  • Castro Valley Road
  • Mesa Road
  • Miller Avenue at Silva's Crossing
  • The City of Gilroy said drivers need to avoid Silva's Crossing and the Christmas Hill Park area due to high flood waters and dangerous conditions.

    As of 5:30 p.m., the following roads are now open to traffic:

  • Bolsa Road (traffic is backed up and slow)
  • Wren Avenue
  • Mantelli Road
  • Burchell Road
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Evacuation warnings issued for parts of Santa Clara Co. due to flooding

    Evacuation warnings have been issued for residents living in the areas of Highway 101 and Bolsa Road due to flooding and other severe weather impacts.

    The areas include:

    • South of Hwy 152, East of Hwy 101.
    • South of Pacheco Pass (Hwy 152) and East of Hwy 101.
    • South of Luchessa Ave. and East of Thomas Rd.
    • East of Santa Teresa Blvd. to Castro Valley Rd.
    • North of Castro Valley Rd. to Luchessa Ave.
    • North of Hwy 25 between Hwy 101 & Bloomfield Rd.
    • West of Bloomfield Ave. between Hwy 25 & Pacheco Pass (Hwy 152)
    • East of Hwy 101 to Pacheco Pass (Hwy 152)

    12:50 p.m.
    Stretch of southbound Hwy 101 closed near Gilroy due to flooding

    A stretch of southbound Highway 101 is closed near Gilroy on Monday due to flooding, police said.

    Southbound lanes at Mesa Road, just south of Monterey Highway, are closed, according to an advisory sent shortly before noon.

    Bolsa Road is also flooding between Travel Park Circle and Carnadero Avenue, police said.

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternate routes.

    11:50 p.m.
    San Jose reporting several road closures due to flooding, landslides

    The City of San Jose is reporting several road closure throughout the city due to flooding and landslides. Officials say Bailey Road between McKean Road and Santa Teresa is closed due to flooding and slides. Gardendale Drive, south of Hillsdale Avenue is closed due to "water levels overtopping." Lastly, Mill Pond Drive under Highway 87 is closed due to flooding.

    11:45 a.m.
    Santa Cruz. Co bridge collapses into Carrolitos Creek

    Fire officials are warning drivers to use another route in Santa Cruz County after the Browns Valley Road Bridge collapsed into the Carrolitos Creek. They say crews have responded to the scene and made contact with residents in the area.

    11:30 a.m.
    San Jose airport parking lot closed due to flooding

    Officials at Mineta San Jose Int'l Aiport say Parking Lot 2 is currently closed due to flooding. Officials say that it does not impact cars already in the lot but the entrance to the lot. Travelers are being advised to use an alternative lot if you are parking at the airport today.

    11:10 a.m.
    Flooding reported on Crossover Drive through Golden Gate Park

    Residents are encouraged to avoid the stretch of Crossover Drive that runs through Golden Gate Park due to flooding, according to an alert notification from AlertSF.

    Emergency crews are working to clear the road between Fulton Street and Lincoln Way.

    Drivers can expect additional travel time, and should consider alternative routes, said the notification.

    Life traffic updates can be found at https://511.org/.

    10:50 a.m.

    All westbound lanes of Hwy 37 in Marin County closed due to flooding

    Caltrans says all westbound lanes of Highway 37 at Atherton Drive in Marin County are closed due to flooding. For live traffic conditions head to https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

    10:45 a.m.
    Road closures reported in Fairfield due to flooding

    Flooding in Fairfield resulted in some road closures Monday morning, police said.

    The closures include the on- and off- ramps to: Webster Street from Highway 12 and from Jackson Street to Highway 12. In addition, Abernathy at Suisun Valley Road are closed due to floods, according to police.

    Residents were advised to never drive through flooded roadways and if possible, to avoid traveling.

    Flooding can be reported to the Fairfield Police Departments dispatch at (707) 428-7300.

    10 a.m.
    Southbound Highway 17 closed due to landslide

    The California Highway Patrol tweeted out Monday morning that southbound Highway 17 is closed south of Glenwood Drive due to a landslide.

    8:50 a.m.
    Several Petaluma roads closed due to flooding

    Roads across Petaluma has been closed due to flooding that has stranded several drivers. Authorities advise residents to avoid flooded roads and use detours. They say the rain is subsiding in the area but runoff from the Petaluma River watershed will continue for the next few hours.

    • Petaluma Blvd North between Corona Road and US 101.
    • Old Redwood Hwy between North McDowell and US 101.
    • The intersection of Petaluma North and Industrial Drive/Stony Point Road is closed.
    • Stony Point Road between Petaluma Blvd North and Pepper Road.
    • Rainsville Road between Stony Road and Liberty Road.
    • Lakeville Hwy (SR-116) between Stage Gulch Road and Frates Road.
    • Westbound Lakeville in the 100 block, near Madison Street.
    • Northbound North McDowell at Redwood Way.

    8:15 a.m.
    An Evacuation Warning has been issued for parts of Vacaville

    Authorities have issued an Evacuation Warning for residents in the Southwood Place area in Vacaville. Officials say anyone living South of Marshall Road, East of Peabody, North of Alamo and West of the Putah Canal is advised there is a potential threat to life and property.

    6:40 a.m.
    Santa Cruz County evacuations

    There are evacuations happening Monday morning in Santa Cruz County as the San Lorenzo River is at flood stage.

    Aptos Beach Flats are under evacuation orders, as well as people in Felton Grove and Paradise Park.

    You are also asked to leave if you are in Soquel Wharf Road.

    People evacuating in the county can go to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville and Cabrillo College in Aptos. Both areas are pet friendly and have RV parking.

    Santa Cruz County provided this link to check on evacuations. You can also call 831-454-2285 for details on evacuations and shelters.

    5:00 a.m.
    President Biden approves California Emergency Declaration

    The White House has approved Governor Gavin Newsom's request to declare a federal emergency in California due to floods and storms.

    This allows the state to get more federal funds and resources.

    That includes Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and Santa Cruz counties.

    This comes after Newsome announced the state government has mobilized resources.

    Jan. 8, 2023

    5:30 p.m.
    Several Sonoma Co. schools will remain closed due to severe weather

    As of Sunday night, some Sonoma County schools will remain closed on Monday due to severe weather. Here's a list.

    2:45 p.m.
    Gov. Newsom discusses statewide efforts on flood safety amid severe winter storms

    In a press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom and state, local and federal officials provided updates on the ongoing severe winter storms impacting California. The Governor highlighted flood preparations and discuss statewide efforts around flood safety.

    He says the state government has mobilized resources to respond to flooding, power outages and major disasters.

    Gov. Newsom is urging the public to use common sense and avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations.

    "Just a foot of water and your car is floating. Half a foot of water and you're off your feet. Half a foot of water you're losing control of your vehicle. We're seeing people go around these detours. because they don't see any obstacles. they think everything is fine. putting their lives at risk and putting first responders lives at risk.

    The California National Guard has mobilized troops and has four rescue helicopters on standby- including one here in the Bay Area.

    Ambulance strike teams have also been activated around the state.

    Drivers are being asked to postpone travel, if possible.

    11:45 a.m.
    A High Wind Warning issued for the entire Bay Area starting tonight through Monday morning

    A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the entire Bay Area starting at 8 p.m. tonight lasting through tomorrow morning, ABC7 meteorologist Drew Tuma tweeted on Sunday. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph around the Bay shoreline with 80 mph gusts possible along the coast and in our hills. Expect more trees down and power outages.

    The National Weather Service says south winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected in the valley locations. 35 to 50 mph with gusts up to 80 mph above 1000 feet.

    Local gusts to around 80 mph along the coast and highest peaks.

    The High Wind Warning is issued for Marin Coastal Range, Sonoma Coastal Range, North Bay Interior Mountains, Coastal North Bay, Including Point Reyes National Seashore and North Bay Interior Valleys.

    The NWS says damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

    9:30 a.m.
    Flood Warning issued for Guadalupe River in Santa Clara County on Monday

    The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Guadalupe River in Santa Clara County above the Almaden Expressway on Monday.

    "The next in a series of strong storms will move into the area tonight into Monday. Excessive rainfall will lead to increasing flooding concerns through the day on Monday as the heaviest rain is expected to fall between the hours of 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday," the NWS wrote.

    8:30 a.m.
    Muir Woods closed Sunday as park officials asses wind damage

    Park officials say Muir Woods in Mill Valley will be closed on Sunday as they will assess the park from high wind damage. They said all parking reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded.

    Bay City News contributed to article

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