Fierce wind and rain ushered in by Tuesday night's storm caused troublesome San Francisquito Creek to near flood stage and closed part of West Bayshore Road into Wednesday.
Workers removed another massive amount of debris from Tuesday night's storm, piling it on the overpass roadway. On Wednesday morning the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services issued an alert that West Bayshore Road is closed between Woodland and Channing avenues on the borders of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. The road is closed in both directions and there is no estimate of when the lanes will reopen.
On Tuesday night, crews and East Palo Alto officials watched the steadily rising creek for potential flooding. At one point the water rose to 11.9 feet, just under a foot from flood stage of 12.8 feet, according to the City of Palo Alto's creek monitor.
East Palo Alto officials said the water had ceased to rise at that point and they did not expect the creek to flood. But the torrent of water brought with it another great pile of debris -- mainly tree branches and trunks -- from upstream, which were caught by large metal debris catchers to prevent them from going under the overpass where they would lodge against pilings and be impossible to remove, Caltrans workers have previously said.
Storm debris also closed the road on Sunday night and Monday as crews removed tons of logs and branches from the creek with a backhoe and, running out of trucks due to the late hour, piled the debris on the roadway until additional trucks could be brought on Monday.
The storm brought heavy winds that rattled buildings and blew sheets of rain against cars and pedestrians. San Francisquito, Palo Alto's most problematic creek, also rose to 13.6 feet at the Chaucer Street bridge, just 2.4 feet below the top of the bridge's opening. Flood stage for that part of the creek is at 24 feet, according to Palo Alto's creek monitor.