9:11 PM: MTA spokesperson Judson True alerts the media that “as of 7:50 p.m., Van Ness Station has re-opened.” Which might have been handy to know at 7:50, instead of via email to media at 9:11. But, apparently, no 511 announcement was made. Muni, you have got to get your communication shit together.

All Muni Metro service is back on a normal schedule.

7:15 PM: While you wait for things to clear up, check out commenter Jeff D.’s post on our sewer system.

6:55 PM: Holland says that Van Ness Station is not expected to reopen for another one to two hours, and that Muni Metro continues to experience “rolling, storm-related delays between Powell and Civic Center stations.”

6:27 PM: MTA spokesperson Kristen Holland says that as of 6:15 p.m., the Powell-Mason Cable Car line is back in service, so have fun splish splashing through the remaining overflowing sewer water, tourists!

4:56 PM: The MTA says that as of 4:40 p.m., Muni Metro service (that’s the J, K, L, M, N and T) between West Portal and Embarcadero has resumed. The Van Ness station remains flooded, so trains will not be stopping there. “Rolling delays,” however, are expected.

4:20 PM: Just as AlertSF helpfull informed us that there’s “Localized flooding throughout the City.” and recommended that we “Avoid driving through deep water,” we hear that Muni’s suspended Metro (that is, the light rail trains) service between Embarcadero and West Portal stations because the Van Ness station has flooded, and had to be closed.

the Appeal’s newest columnist, Jackson West, texts us to report “Market and Muni are sheer pandemonium as Van Ness station flooded. Buses stacked a dozen deep.”

According to MTA spokesperson Judson True, they had to close the station at about 4:15at about 4:15 p.m. He says some trains remain stopped inside the tunnel, perhaps (he wasn’t sure) with passengers inside. He doesn’t knwo when service will be restored.

Muni also took the Mason portion of the Powell-Mason Cable Car line out of service at 2:35 p.m. due to “rain related concerns” (perhaps they are made if sugar?)

It’s also worth noting that the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties this afternoon because of the heavy rain that you already know about because you live in the world. According to the NWS, “rainfall in some areas has exceeded 1 inch per hour, and runoff is expected to flood some roadways and low-lying spots.” The bast part about this is that the advisory expired at 4:30 this afternoon, but it is not yet dry! What a ripoff.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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