Once again proving that SF's infrastructure can't really handle much rain, Saturday's modest rainfall led to some major BART troubles and power outages, as well as some downed trees and branches, and at least one BART train got stuck between stations in an outages, trapping some passengers.
As KRON 4 reports, BART experienced some major delays in and out of downtown San Francisco Saturday starting at 2:11 p.m. when a power outage shut down service in both directions between 24th Street and Daly City.
Hoodline says that an eight-car BART train was consequently trapped on the tracks in the vicinity of Balboa Park, and the train then had to moved to a station so it could be evacuated, sometime before power was ultimately restored to the area around 4:20 p.m. Residual delays in the BART system followed.
Around the same part of the afternoon, at 2:48 p.m., an alert went out from the SFFD to avoid the area of Great Highway at Judah Street, because of flooding.
Great Highway at Judah Flooded AVOID AREA DPW ENROUTE pic.twitter.com/xQFrE4O0if— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) December 10, 2016
About an inch of rain reportedly fell in the city Saturday afternoon, and as Hoodline reported, this led to a small landslide on a hill behind Charter Oaks Street, as well as downed tree branches on Oak Street.
KRON 4 also had video of the aftermath of the collapse of a "large chunk of bushes," what may have been part of an overgrown vine of some kind, that grown up over The Cannery building at Beach and Columbus near Fisherman's Wharf. The branches had apparently become weighed down with rain and fell, and "Private crews spent much of the day breaking the bush apart with chainsaws and pitch forks."
Over in Oakland, a huge, 200-foot-tall evergreen tree fell across Highway 13 Saturday afternoon, briefly trapping the driver of one car that happened to be in the tree's path. As ABC 7 reports, the tree blocked all lanes of the highway until it could be removed, and thankfully no one was injured.
A massive tree fell across CA 13 in Oakland. All lanes affected, a car was caught as it fell. No serious injuries. pic.twitter.com/PoIMbnkUwD— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) December 11, 2016