Frustration keeps growing the longer Highway 37 stays closed to traffic. Officials said water pumps are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week to remove flooding on the highway.
For now, it's a losing battle. Water from several levee breaks keeps pouring in almost as fast as the water is pumped out and more rain is on the way this week.
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Caltrans is hoping to engineer a fix by raising the roadway and installing better drainage, which likely won't be done until February 24.
Connie Johnson commutes from Sonoma to Novato, a drive that's now taking too long. "There's a detour at Atherton Avenue, the back-up is an hour," Johnson said.
"All this rain is making things crumble down lately," Katrina Patton said.
In Oakland, Patton couldn't believe her eyes. A sinkhole almost swallowed up a BMW on east 27th Street, but luckily the car was towed out just in time. From the street, the hole is only about 6-feet wide, but dangerously deep.
"The man said it's 30 feet down, crazy, shocking," Patton said.
Water from a broken pipe underneath the deep sinkhole was gushing water.
Winter storms are to blame for the crumbling pavement.
"Once it dries up, we'll be fixing it. This will be a major repair," Oakland resident Wlad Wlassowsky said.
For now, east 27th Street is closed to traffic, indefinitely.
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