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Flooding closes Great Highway; Civic Center Station reopens [Update]

Monster storm set to cramp SF commute

A sign at Civic Center Station. Photos by David Tran Photo

Update: Civic Center Station has reopened. Great Highway, however, remains closed.


BART warned commuters Wednesday afternoon that Civic Center Station in San Francisco is closed due to flooding.

“An issue on the Muni platform was leaking water to our platform. Muni engineers are on scene to fix the issue,” BART announced via Twitter. SFMTA has not announced any closures of its Civic Center platform.

At the same time, the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) says that once again the low-lying Great Highway that runs parallel to Ocean Beach has flooded out and is closed to traffic in the southbound lane between Lincoln and Sloat, precisely as happened the last time it rained in SF.

“Reopening to be determined,” DPW said via Twitter.

The storm battering Northern California right now is bringing a stunning amount of precipitation at one time, resulting in a blizzard warning in the Sierras as well as high winds, dangerous waves, and now nuisance flooding in lower lying areas.

According to the National Weather Service the storm will likely intensify in the evening, and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire Bay Area.