CHP officers say this area is not prone to flooding, and a clogged storm drain is to blame. The drain prevented water from flowing which caused pooling and standing water for drivers. Caltrans crews had to close the road and use pumps to alleviate the excess water in order to open the east bound lane.
With possibility of standing water on the roads, drivers are encouraged to increase their following distance.
Chris Mortorana with the CHP: "With the rain and weather especially coming down from Shaver Lake with the snow, give yourself ample time. Drive slow give yourself a safe cushion between yourself and other vehicles."
HWY 168 from Academy to Shepherd was re-opened Wednesday morning. Officers say rain water should not pose a problem for the morning commute.
The overnight rain also created problems in the City of Fresno.
Standing water flooded the intersection of Bullard and Maroa in Northwest Fresno around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Late-night drivers had to deal with standing water on the road. The intersection has been undergoing repairs for several weeks and it appears storm drains are clogged.
A similar situation happed across town in Northeast Fresno.
People driving through the intersection of Alluvial and Chestnut had to deal with flooding just before midnight.
The Highway Patrol is cautioning drivers to take it slow for the morning commute.NEWS BY LOCATION | ABC30 BLOGS | DISCUSSION FORUMS
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