What caused I-80 to flood during Wednesday’s storm?


YESTERDAY’S DOWNPOUR MADE FOR A CHALLENGING DRIVE ON ON THE ROADWAYS. FOR THOSE ON INTERSTATE 80 NEAR WHAT AVENUE, IT WAS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. FLOODING SHOT DOWN THE FAMILY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS DURING THE RUSH HOUR COMMUTE. WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHAT CAUSED THAT FLOODING. KRISTEN TALKED WITH CAL TRANS TODAY. FLOODING ON THE HIGHWAYS ARE NOT UNCOMMON THIS TIME OF YEAR. THAT IS WHY CALTRANS HAS PUMPS IN PLACE TO HELP KEEP ORDER OFF THE ROADWAYS AND THE TRAFFIC FLOWING SMOOTHLY. BUT THIS TIME US NOT, THE INTERSTATE LOOK MORE LIKE A LAKE. CAL TRANS ANSWERED OUR QUESTIONS. THEY BACK UP WENT FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE MILES. THE COMMUTE LASTED HOURS, LEAVING MANY TO WONDER HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN ON A MAJOR SACRAMENTO FREEWAY. OFFICIALS SAY IT ALL STARTED WITH A POWER OUTAGE. THIS HAPPENED A LITTLE BIT BEFORE 4:00. WE HAD A TROUBLESHOOTER RESPOND QUICKLY. WE WERE ABLE TO RESTORE POWER. BUT THE DAMAGE WAS DONE. OUR FAILURE STOPPED THEY PUNT THAT WOULD NORMALLY SIPHON WATER FROM THE INTERSTATE RIGHT WHEN THEY HEAVIEST RAIN WAS COMING DOWN. WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MUCH VOLUME OF RAIN AND WATER GOING THROUGH, SOMETIMES IT OVERPOWERS OUR CRUISE. CALTRANS DOES HAVE A BACKUP PLAN. THEY USE GENERATORS TO KEEP THE PUMPS WORKING. BUT THEY WERE ALREADY SHUT DOWN — BUT YOU ALREADY IN USE HERE WHERE THERE WAS COPPER WIRE THEFT. CALTRANS SAYS THEY PREPARE FOR STORMS LIKE THIS WHEN ALL YEAR. BUT IN THIS CASE, THERE WERE SOME THINGS THEY JUST COULDN’T PREDICT. WE HAVE DONE ADVANCED CLEANING OF DREAMS. WE HAD OUR CRUISE OUT THERE PRIOR TO THE RAINFALL BECAUSE WE KNEW WHAT THE WEATHER SCHEDULE WAS. ‘S NOD TELLS US — SMUD TOWS US THAT YESTERDAY WAS THE BUSIEST SINCE 2008. CALTRANS SAYS THEY WILL ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT ANY UPGRADES ARE NEEDED TO THEIR EQUIPMENT BUT IT DOES LOOK WAY — LOOK LIKE A UNIQUE CASE.

2 thoughts on “What caused I-80 to flood during Wednesday’s storm?

  1. Thank goodness my commute to and from work is not on I-80. What a mess 🙁 This is not too far from my home, within 10 miles. We need the rain though 🙂 See you tomorrow KCRA3 as the company I work for will be there for the "CHiPs" for kids toy drive. We do it every year 🙂 KCRA3 RULES!!!!! ROCK ON!!!!!!!

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