Muni reopens after downpour closes underground service

A passing storm wreaked traffic and transit havoc Monday shortly before evening peak hour, shutting down a portion of the subway system and a cable car line and closing freeway ramps.

Muni stopped running the J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Ocean View, N-Judah and T-Third Street trains through its downtown underground subway system for safety reasons after the storm left Van Ness Station flooded, according to Muni spokeswoman Kristen Holland.

Light rail service on those lines resumed at 4:40 p.m., but the Van Ness Station remained flooded and closed until about 7:50 p.m. Trains bypassed that stop while water was removed, according to Holland.

Additionally, the Mason portion of the Powell-Mason Cable Car was taken out of service at 2:35 p.m. due to the inclement weather, according to Holland. Regular service on that line resumed at about 6:15 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol closed southbound onramps for Interstate-280 at King, Sixth and Mariposa streets due to flooding at 3:25 p.m., according to spokesman Shawn Chase.

At 5 p.m., Chase said the Sixth Street onramp had been reopened and that the other onramps were expected to reopen shortly.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for San Francisco on Monday afternoon and reported that rain had fallen at a rate in excess of one inch per hour.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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