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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

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(07:35) A San Jose woman who died after she fell off a cliff, north of Santa Cruz, has been indentified.  20 year-old Jennifer Diaz Ocampo fell more than 150 feet at 4:00 on Monday afternoon from Davenport Beach.  Witnesses reported that Ocampo was standing one foot away from Cliff’s Edge, when the ground crumbled away.  Ocampo succumbed to her injuries as she was being transported to a trauma center.

(06:55) King City - A man was shot in the arm in a gang related shooting in King City last night.  The shooting took place on the 500 block of Van Nort Street.   Witnesses described the suspect’s car as a grey SUV, which was spotted a short time later on the 600 block of Oates Avenue.   Officers detained all four passengers in the SUV.  

PAUL’S SLIDE (ON  THE  BIG  SUR  COAST)  HAS BEEN CLEARED BY CALTRANS CREWS THROUGH THE USE OF BOULDER BLASTING,  AND HIGHWAY 1 IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BETWEEN  NACIMIENTO-FERGUESSON  ROAD  (TO  THE SOUTH)  AND  THE  SOUTH  END  OF  WHERE  THE  PFEIFFER  CANYON  BRIDGE  USED  TO  BE.    ONE-WAY  REVERSING TRAFFIC  CONTROL  IS  IN  EFFECT  WHERE  PAUL’S  SLIDE  WAS.    SINCE  THE   NEW  PFEIFFER  CANYON BRIDGE   IS  NOT IN PLACE  YET,    DRIVERS  CANNOT  ACCESS  BIG  SUR  FROM  THE NORTH  SIDE  OF  HIGHWAY  1……AND  THE  AREA  BETWEEN  MUD  CREEK  SLIDE  AND  THE  SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY LINE CAN  ONLY  BE  ACCESSED  FROM  THE  SAN  LUIS  OBISPO  SIDE.   ALTHOUGH  THE  MUD  CREEK  SLIDE  MAY  NOT  BE  CLEARED  FOR  A YEAR  OR  MORE,   THE  NEW  PFEIFFER  CANYON  BRIDGE  IS  EXPECTED  TO  BE  OPEN  IN  SEPTEMBER. 

Some  first  time  home  buyers,   and  low-income  renters  in  Santa  Cruz  may  be  eligible  for  help  covering  their  down-payments  or  rent.      That’s  because  of  a  1  million  dollar  grant  from  the  California  Department  Of  Housing  And  Community  Development  to  Santa  Cruz.    The  grant  is  part  of  the  16  Home  Investment  Partnerships  Program

The  Algae  Warnings  at  Lake  San  Antonio  have  been  downgraded  from  “danger”  to  “caution”.     Even  though  the  threat  of  contaminated  water  has  been  reduced,   people  are  still  encouraged  to  use  bottled  water  for  cooking   and  drinking.      The  water  at  Lake  San  Antonio  will  continue  to  be  tested,  and  visitors  are  advised  to  check  the  status  of  the  Algae  Warnings  at  the  entrance  to  the  lake. 

A  serious  traffic  accident  in  Scotts  Valley  today  led  to  the  closure  of  a  portion  of  Lockewood  Lane,  and  a  power  outage.     The  majority  of  P.G. & E.  customers  have  already  had  their  power  restored,   and  the  rest  are  expected  to  have  their  electricity  back  by  11  o’clock  tonight.

A  45  year-old  bicyclist  was  airlifted  to  a  bay  area  trauma  center  in  critical  condition  this  morning,   after  he  was  hit  by  a  car  in  Watsonville.      The  5  a.m.  accident  occurred  on  Lee  Road,   north  of  West  Beach  Street.    Anyone  with  information  about  the  wreck  is  encouraged  to  call  the  Traffic  Division  of  the  Watsonville  Police  Department

2  fires  have  burned  thousands  of  acres  in  south  Monterey  county.     The  more  than  48-thousand 800 acre Garza  Fire,  which  began  July  9th  near  Avenal  in  Kings  County,   has  been  burning  north  and  west  into  Monterey  county….and  towards  the  13-hundred acre  Park  Fire.    The  Garza  Fire  is  97  percent  contained, although  smoke  from  it  is  expected  to  be  visible  for  several  more  days.     The  Park  Fire,  which  began  yesterday,  is  15  percent  contained,  and  threatening  5  structures.    Coalinga  Road  is  closed  between  Highway  198  and  Joaquin  Canyon  Road.    The  cause  of  both  fires  is  still  under  investigation.

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