Flooding causing slowdowns in Sacramento, traffic delays on Highway 99


Latest — Tuesday, Dec. 14

12:58 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol said the left lane of southbound Highway 99 just north of the West Stockton Boulevard off-ramp is still closed due to flooding.

Traffic is backed up to Grant Line Road in Elk Grove.

(Photo courtesy of California Highway Patrol)

CHP officials said Caltrans in on the scene but there is no estimated time of reopening. Officials recommend travelers take Interstate 5 as an alternate route.

Original story below

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Some commuters are experiencing slowdowns in Sacramento following heavy rainfall and a flood advisory.

A flood advisory was issued Monday evening for portions of the valley and foothills. The National Weather Service warned drivers not to drive through flooded roads and be especially cautious at night.

Del Paso Road experienced flooding Monday, with officials closing the road from Northgate to Carey boulevards. Sacramento Fire Department reported one person needed help getting to safety after their car got stuck.

Although the advisory ended at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, flooding is still a problem in some areas.

Hurley Way near Howe Avenue is seeing slowdowns Tuesday morning as water remains pooled on the shoulder.

Yolo County’s road closures map shows multiple spots where flooding has closed roadways.

The NWS reported Sunday, Sacramento’s 2022 water year, which runs from Oct. 1 to the end of September 2022, has already beaten the 2021 water year total of 7.87 inches of rain.

“Recall that the last Water Year was dismally dry, so the bar was set low,” the NWS wrote in a tweet.

Around 8:45 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service said downtown Sacramento broke its daily precipitation record with 1.87 inches of rain. The old record, recorded in 1915, was 1.73 inches.

Monday’s final number has not been released yet.

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