Road collapses after storm in Castro Valley

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A road collapses at A Street and Crescent Avenue after the New Year’s Eve storm in Castro Valley. 

“The soil that was up against there took too much water, and it just eroded away,” said Castro Valley resident Matt Abreu, who works in the construction business and has lived in this area for over two decades. In his 22 years, he says he has never seen anything like this. 

Residents came out to take a look at the damage and to make sure their neighbors are safe. 

“I’m worried about the roads and the properties and the people that live near it,” said Castro Valley resident Michelle Smith. “There’s a lot of houses that have their backyards against this creek.”

Although the rain has slowed down, the hazard is ongoing. Alameda County Public Works crews are reinforcing their obstruction of access to this area. Residents walk inside a barricade where a long crack can be seen running to the creek. 

After years of drought, residents say they welcome the rain but must withstand the destruction that comes with it. 

“Mother nature. She will do anything. We need rain. The destruction comes with it,” said Castro Valley resident Yevette Abreu. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.