UPDATE: Flooding cleared at Alemany Boulevard, lanes reopened

UPDATE 3/14 3:22 p.m.: Flooding at Alemany Boulevard has been cleared, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

That means drivers are safe to make their way through as lanes on Alemany have reopened. And that fix may even be permanent.

“The sewer operations team assigned a serviceman to respond and resolve the issue once and for all at Alemany,” said Will Reisman, an SFPUC spokesperson. “They worked diligently to address the complicated network of drainage systems and cleared and cleaned the entire system. All lanes are open and vegetation has been removed to allow easy access next time the system requires maintenance.”

The original story follows.

The storm that hit San Francisco Wednesday night and Thursday morning caused almost a dozen manhole covers to blow off streets and 65 trees or large limbs from trees to fall across The City.

That’s according to San Francisco’s Department of Public Works, which has been hard at work across The City responding to calls for service since the storm hit Wednesday.

“The sewers get so full that the manhole covers come up,” said Rachel Gordon, a Public Works spokesperson. Eleven manhole covers have blown off and gone airborne since the storm hit.

Meanwhile, Public Works crews, Caltrans and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are working to re-open Alemany Boulevard, near the on-ramps to U.S. Highway 101 at Bayshore Boulevard.

The street was partially closed due to flooding, and SFPUC spokesperson Will Reisman confirmed it remains closed as of Thursday afternoon.

“We’re working on clearing a catch-basin there that is obviously having some issue,” Reisman said. As there is no major flooding elsewhere in San Francisco that rises to the level of SFPUC attention, he said, “We’re focusing on Alemany.”

The portion of Alemany under the freeway is Caltrans property. Caltrans officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Though other flooding in The City may not require SFPUC crews, video posted to social media by some in San Francisco show it’s still pretty hairy out there. Last night a City College of San Francisco student posted video of a near-waterfall coming down a CCSF stairwell.

If you see a tree that looks like it’s leaning or has a hanging limb Public Works advises people to call San Francisco 311. If you spot a tree on a power line, call 911. And if you see a storm drain that looks clogged, Public Works advises calling 311.

joe@sfexaminer.com

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