SPECIAL SERIES : RAINFALL CLOSES SCHOOL
Woman Hurt at Flooded Intersection
February 25, 2004 12:18 PM
A 68-year-old woman was taken away in an ambulance today after she slipped on a rain soaked sidewalk at 19th and Holloway avenues as flooding wreaked havoc for SF State commuters at the intersection.
SF Fire Department officials initially arrived to take care of the woman and an ambulance came later to take her away.
“We were at a house where the basement was flooded with six feet of water, and we got a call that someone was hurt, so we headed here as a priority,” said a firefighter.
Campus police and Department of Parking and Traffic officials directed the chaotic scene as downed traffic lights and three-foot deep puddles backed up commuters for miles.
Fong parked his white Volkswagen in the middle of one crosswalk to help divert traffic away from a flood along 19th Avenue that also stalled MUNI riders from reaching SF State.
“There’s more to come, so I’m going to be out here all day,” Fong said. “I’m not leaving for anything short of a fire or shooting.”
Soaked students waited to cross the avenue for five minutes at a time in some cases waiting for the go ahead from campus police.
“They don’t care about us or something,” said N. Dejene, a postgraduate student who waited in the wind and rain for the opportunity to cross.
A flatbed tow truck slowed traffic on Holloway Avenue taking up a full lane and part of another allowing one car to pass at a time.
Lights were also out at Holloway Avenue and Junipero Serra, and a DPT official left her three-wheeler to help confused drivers and wet pedestrians navigate the intersection.
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