Rain forces cancellation of train service, closure of roads throughout county

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Coaster and Amtrak train service between Oceanside and San Diego was canceled Wednesday due to the storm pattern that has hammered San Diego County for almost a week.

According to the North County Transit District, the closure — prompted by high water in Sorrento Valley and debris in Encinitas — will stay in effect for the duration of the day.

The main reason for the daylong closure was because crews have to wait for the water to recede in Sorrento Valley so they could inspect the tracks for safety, district spokesman Alex Wiggins said.

The severe weather conditions also impacted the Sprinter light rail line between the Oceanside Transit Center and the El Camino Real Station. Wednesday morning, the NCTD launched a “bus bridge” to help Sprinter users bypass the Coast Highway and Crouch Street stations.

Breeze bus routes 306, 331 and 101 were also cancelled, and users of other Breeze bus routes were advised to expect delays due to local road closures.

This morning, the California Highway Patrol reported partial or full closures of the following streets and highways:
      — Northbound Interstate 5 at Gilman Drive, due to tree blocking two lanes;
      — State Route 76 at Valley Center Road, because of large rocks in the
      — Valley Center Road at Thundernut Lane, boulders in the roadway;
      — Stage Coach Lane at Brooke Road, 6 to 12 inches of water and boulders
in the roadway;
      — State Route 79 at Rainbow Road, road closed due to mud slide;
      — Old Castle Road just east of Champagne Boulevard and at Pamoosa Lane,
roadway closed due to mud and rock slide;
      — Camino Del Rey just west of Via Maria Elena, roadway flooding;
      — Lake Wohlford Road at Oakvale Road;
      — Lake Wohlford Road at Valley Center Road;
      — Carmel Mountain Road onramp to northbound Interstate 5, flooding;
      — Central Avenue between Sweetwater and Bonita roads, flooding;
      — Interstate 5 HOV lanes;
      — Northbound Twin Oaks Valley at Solar Lane, roadway flooding;
      — Wildcat Canyon Road at Willow and San Vicente, due to flooding;
      — North River Road, just west of state Route 76, flooding;
      — Eastbound state Route 78 at El Camino Real, more flooding.
         Other streets that were closed but reopened as the morning went on were:
      — Westbound state Route 76 at Interstate 15, flooding;
      — Eastbound state Route 76 at Gird Road, flooding;
      — Westbound state Route 78 between Interstate 5 and El Camino Real;
      — Northbound Interstate 5 on Sorrento Valley offramp, end of ramp flooded;
      — State Route 76 just west of Mission Road, roadway flooding.

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