As the Bay Area gears up for the Labor Day holiday weekend, Caltrans is trying to get the message out that a stretch of northbound Interstate 280 will be shut down for the entire weekend.
Starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, northbound Interstate 280 will be shut down from the U. S. 101 - Interstate 280 interchange all the way to King Street in downtown San Francisco. The closure will allow workers to replace two bridge hinges located near Cesar Chavez Street. Southbound 280 will remain open.
The closure was planned for the holiday weekend when traffic is lighter, but Giants fans will have to find alternate routes or take public transportation if they plan to attend the games at AT&T Park this weekend.
"I feel like I'll be forced to take Caltrain. That's the route I'm going to go ahead and take rather than try to go all the way around," said Francisco Henriquez, of San Mateo. "It's just too much of a hassle."
"We're just not going to be going anywhere," said Liz Rhines, of Walnut Creek. "We're just going to stay home and avoid the traffic."
The last time Caltrans shut down this stretch of Interstate 280 was over the July 4th weekend.
This weekend's work is scheduled to be complete by 5am Tuesday in time for the morning commute.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:25:20 -0700
Many people are trying to figure out how to pay for the damage to their homes in the wake of Sunday’s earthquake.
Melinda Adams of Napa says she remembers the sound of shattering glass and china.
"Just the noise of the crashing was unbelievable," Adams told KTVU Wednesday.
Her house still has closets and hallways filled with broken items. Cell phone video, taken by her husband in the dark Sunday morning, shows the damage.
The shaking left her house intact, but her life in pieces.
The family's 11-year-old orange cat disappeared and hasn't been found. Family possessions are still in piles, and exhaustive cleanup remains because of Adams' other work that is demanding her time and energy.
Adams is a local insurance agent.
"The phone literally rang, rang, rang. As soon as you'd hang up one, then it rang again," Adams told KTVU.
The Napa native reported to her office at 7 a.m. Monday and has been putting in 12 hour days. Hundreds of calls have come in from clients, one whose mobile home was destroyed by fire.
"It gets your heart, it really does, but you just have to stay focused and get it taken care of," Adams said.
For Adams, this disaster is personal. It's a blow to her hometown community.
While she had earthquake insurance, most people don't.
About a half dozen Insurance companies have tents up at the Red Cross shelter at 2590 First Street to help answer questions. And there are many questions.
"A typical homeowner’s policy unfortunately does not handle earthquake damage," said Brad Hilliard, a State Farm Insurance spokesman.
Still, people should talk with their insurance agent.
Some damage might be covered under other policies such as auto insurance. Some renter's insurance policies cover earthquake damage.
While those with earthquake insurance likely face high deductibles, agents say people should save receipts from meals, cleanup tools, hotel rooms and other expenses that might be covered for reimbursement.
Experts also have advice for everyone throughout the quake-prone Bay Area.
"Go through each room of your home and take photos. Document what's hanging on the walls, what's in your closet," Hilliard told KTVU.
Documenting your possessions and making a list is important if another earthquake or disaster hits. It will help provide critical information to file a claim.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:10:17 -0700
In the wake of Sunday’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake, many residents say they’re still struggling to get back on their feet.
"I'm very overwhelmed, stressed because I don't know what I’m going to do," said Rochelle Ellis whose Ford Explorer was damaged and trapped beneath a carport at Charter Oaks Apartments when it collapsed during the earthquake.
"I'm a college student. I have to go to school during the week," said Ellis.
She says she has been borrowing her father's car to get her husband to work and her children to school.
"We really depend on this vehicle. We're pretty much left to deal with it on our own," she said.
Ellis said she feels frustrated and helpless. To make matters worse, she says her insurance will not cover the damage done to her car and neither will her apartment complex because the damage was caused by a natural disaster.
“We live in a low income apartment. We can't afford to buy another vehicle,” she said.
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Crosswalk Church for families at a crossroads.
One woman has packed her pickup truck with necessities, in case of another earthquake.
She says she no longer feels safe in her home and has difficulty sleeping.
"When I go to sleep, I close my eyes. I listen to the sound of something and I'm scared," said Angeles Juarez.
She is now weighing a move to another state, but concerned that it will disrupt the lives of her children.
Inside the shelter, other families are trying to regain a sense of normalcy.
At the Napa Valley mobile home park serving seniors, the earthquake shifted Howard Hornsby's home, which is now uninhabitable.
Still, Hornsby said in his 70 y ears he’s learned something about patience.
"We're staying with a neighbor down here temporarily until we find out tomorrow what happens next . You have to wait for things to happen," said Hornsby.
His home is among the dozens damaged or destroyed at the trailer home park.
Back at the collapsed carport, people are salvaging what they can.
"It's hard," said Ellis who was comforted by her father who reassured her by saying, "We'll get through it."
As of Wednesday city officials say there were still about 400 customers without water. Crews are working round the clock to restore all service by Friday.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:54:01 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories