A swarm of umbrellas can be seen held by people crossing the street in front of the Ferry Building on Thursday, November 16, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF mostly escapes flooding amid mid-week rain

Dry weather is expected to return to San Francisco this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, though rain may return late Sunday or Monday.

Meanwhile, rain Wednesday night and into Thursday soaked the Great Highway and had city officials prepared for flooding, though “there were no flooding issues” in the parts of The City most impacted by rain, said Tyler Gamble, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

The SFPUC did have crews out at 17th and Folsom streets to erect barriers, as the area is a known flood zone, Gamble said. “We had a strike team ready to go out and clear storm drains,” but SFPUC saw “no major issues,” he said.

Flood barriers will be down by Friday afternoon, he said.

San Francisco Public Works deployed arborists to clear downed trees and large branches, said Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon. “We’ve had several down overnight,” she said, but no injuries were reported.

The Great Highway was closed southbound Thursday morning due to roadway flooding, she said.

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management coordinated with the weather service and city departments during the rain, said DEM spokesperson Francis Zamora. The City “cleared catch basins” and made sandbags available to the public.

Rainy weather and low clouds led to 33 cancellations at San Francisco International Airport, mostly affecting short-haul flights up and down the West Coast, an airport spokesperson said Thursday afternoon.

Roughly a quarter of the flights at SFO were also experiencing delays averaging from 45 minutes to an hour, spokesperson Doug Yakel said.

The rain was expected to sputter out by Friday, according to the National Weather Service, with a 25 percent chance of starting up again Sunday night, and 40 percent chance of showers Monday.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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