VIDEO: Downpour closes stretch of Highway 37, all lanes

Courtesy of CHP Marin

MARIN COUNTY (KRON) — Heavy overnight rains have closed part of California State Route 37, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 7 a.m. CHP announced all lanes are closed in both directions between US-101 and Atherton Avenue in Novato due to flooding of Novato Creek.

The closure is likely to remain in place into the coming week.

Drivers are being advised to plan ahead for heavy traffic, or use alternate routes entirely.

This is the same location that flooded during the heavy rains over a week ago and took almost a week to clear.

“The marsh land on either side of the road is completely flooded so there is no where to pump the large amounts of water in order to clear the roadway,” CHP said.

One driver traveling on the highway’s westbound side was apparently stuck overnight after their car became almost covered in water, according to CHP.

The CHP is reminding drivers to never attempt driving through flooded roadways.

The CHP is working with Caltrans to remove the water as quickly as possible, CHP officials said.

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