Evacuations, flood fears amid new Northern California storms

Flood warnings were in place for much of Northern California as fresh storms threatened to cause flooding in some regions.

problem areas

Areas of particular concern are Santa Cruz County’s San Lorenzo River and Monterey County’s Salinas River, North Bay, Merced County, portions of San Mateo County and Mendocino County.

In Medicino County, the Garcia, Navarro, and Russian Rivers were all at risk of flooding, which could include portions of Highway 1 and the bridge on Highway 175 east of the town of Hopland that connects Lake County to Highway 101.

In Merced County, areas that flooded earlier in the week are still at risk. These include the communities of Merced, Atwater, Planada and Le Grand, the weather service said.

emergency evacuations

Santa Cruz County officials conducted an emergency on Saturday evacuations in the already hard-hit neighborhood of Felton Grove, a neighborhood on the San Lorenzo River that was devastated by flooding on Monday.

“Emergency evacuations are underway at Felton Grove. MPs are in the area. If you live in the neighborhood, please exit now,” the Santa Cruz County Twitter account said.

Flood levels on the San Lorenzo River just downstream of the Felton Grove neighborhood on Saturday forecast flooding again on Saturday.

As of 8:30 a.m., the river level was 16.15 feet, just before the start of the flood phase at 16.5 feet. The National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service forecast the flow would rise to 20.1 feet at this point.

That wouldn’t be as bad as Monday, when the river rose to 24.54 feet – the second highest on record – but would still be considered moderate flooding.

The Santa Cruz County evacuation map showed mandatory evacuations ordered for Felton Grove and further south for Paradise Park, which is also on the San Lorenzo River, which flows into Santa Cruz from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Santa Cruz County said evacuations are also underway for low-lying areas of Soquel Village, a retail area along the Soquel River that includes shops and restaurants. Soquel Wharf Road is part of the evacuation area.

rain, river warnings

The national weather service said precipitation Prices in the Santa Cruz Mountains were approaching half an inch an hour.

Officials were also “keeping tabs on” Soquel Creek, which flows through the communities of Soquel and Capitola east of Santa Cruz.

Also closely monitored are the Watsonville and Pajaro areas along the border of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, where the Corralitos and Salsipuedes creeks and the Pajaro River pose flood risks.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-01-14/la-me-flood-fears-nor-cal-storms Evacuations, flood fears amid new Northern California storms

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