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  • Soquel San Jose Road- UPDATE-2/19/17-1614-PMD

    (16:21) SOQUEL- Soquel San Jose Road will remain closed indefinitely. As of Saturday ,the roadway surface had sunk roughly another foot, north of Olsen Road. Public Works officials say that Read More
  • Ben Lomond Body-2/19/17-1540-PMD

    (16;07) BEN LOMOND- The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Ben Lomond man. At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday Emergency crews responded to reports of man submerged Read More
  • Capitola Closures-2/19/17-1535-PMD

    (15:49) CAPITOLA- The city of Capitola sent out text messages to residents while the Public Works Department set up signs warning drivers of road hazards on Saturday. The department says Read More
  • Valencia Elementary Students Moved-2/19/17-1510-pmd

    (15:25) APTOS-Valencia Elementary School students will be attending classes on other campuses tomorrow (Tuesday). School district officials have decided to relocate the students due storm damaged roadways leading to the Read More
  • Salinas Homicide-2/19/17-1300-PMD

    (15:00) SALINAS- Salinas police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place on Saturday. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., patrol units responded to reports of gunfire on the 300 block of Read More
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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(10:55) Santa Cruz County - California Highway Patrol reported at 9:45 this morning that highway 17 is shut down in all directions due to unsafe road conditions.    Traffic going northbound can only go as far as Granite Creek, and southbound traffic can only go as far as Summit Road.   Big rigs cannot pass over Soquel-San Jose Road, drivers are being told to use Highway 101.    This is an indefinite closure; the mudslide location is extremely unstable.   Highway 17 is expected to be closed for at least 24 hours, but it may take longer to reopen.    For more information on road closures go to sccroadclosure.org

 

(09:15) Los Gatos - All schools in the Loma Prieta unified School District remain closed today.  School officials announced that road conditions are still unsafe to travel on and hope to resume classes on Monday.

 

(09:05) Santa Cruz - Due to the fatal accident on Highway 17 yesterday construction work has been suspended till Monday.  The California Highway Patrol reported that they are investigating the scene to determine what caused the accident and are interviewing witnesses.  The Southbound lanes remain open in both directions.  Motorists are being advised to give themselves extra travel time and to expect delays.   

(08:45) Santa Cruz - Authorities say that Two Graniterock workers were run over by a construction vehicle on Highway 17 yesterday.   The incident happened at 12:10 p-m near Vine hill Road in Scotts Valley.   It was reported that both men were pinned under the wheels.  One victim, 54 year-old Robert Gill, of Los Banos, died minutes later.   The other victim 33 year-old Stephen Whitmire, from San Jose, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

 

(06:55) Watsonville - PG &E reported that there is a power outage affecting 620 customers in and near Watsonville.  The power outage started at 5 a-m this morning.  Crews are assessing the cause of the outage.  There is no estimated time of restoration. 

(05:55) Santa Cruz - Authorities say that Two Graniterock workers were run over by a construction vehicle on Highway 17 yesterday.  The incident happened at 12:10 p-m near Vine hill Road in Scotts Valley.   It was reported that both men were pinned under the wheels.  One victim, 54 year-old Robert Gill, of Los Banos, died minutes later.  The other victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

(19:44) SOQUEL- Soquel San Jose Road was closed during the evening commute yesterday (Thursday). Commuters trying to navigate around all the storm related closures by using the alternate route were turned back at Olive Springs Road at about 4:30 p.m. due to mud slides. CHP traffic controls allowed alternate one lane travel around the slide.

(19:33) PEBBLE BEACH- The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was canceled due to rain Thursday afternoon. The golf tournament was postponed until this morning (Friday). Tournament officials said the contest is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m.

 

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