-I was blocking
The word atoraba is the imperfect form of atorar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation.
See the full atorar conjugation


La caja de cambios de la camioneta se atoraba en segunda.
The transmission in the pickup kept sticking in second gear.
El balcón se llenó de agua porque había algo que atoraba el desagüe.
The balcony flooded because something was obstructing the drain.
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