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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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(08:40) Santa Cruz County - A Sig-alert has been issued for Highway 1 near Davenport in Santa Cruz County.  The roadway has been closed due to downed trees, wires and mudslides.  The closure is at mile post 35.49, near Swanton Road.  There is no estimated time when the road will reopen.  We will keep the public updated as more information becomes available. 

 

(06:25) Central Coast - Weather conditions have created power outages across the central coast.  PG&E reported that as of 5:30 this morning over 33,000 customers are without power.  All schools in the North Monterey County unified school district as well as Bonny Doon elementary school will be closed today.   There is no estimated time of when power will be restored.  We will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.

BAY  AVENUE  AT  ESCALONA  DRIVE  IN  SANTA  CRUZ  IS  CLOSED  UNTIL  AT  LEAST  TOMORROW.      THAT  AFTER  A  TREE  WAS  DISCOVERED  LEANING  OVER  THE  NORTHBOUND  LANE.     A  TREE  COMPANY  TOLD  THE  CITY  ITS  TOO  DARK  AND  UNSAFE  TO  TRY  AND  FELL  THE  TREE  TONIGHT.      DRIVERS  ARE  ASKED  TO  AVOID  THIS  AREA.

ALL  SCHOOLS  IN  THE  NORTH  MONTEREY  COUNTY  UNIFIED  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  WILL BE  CLOSED  TUESDAY.

MANDATORY  EVACUATION  ORDERS  HAVE  BEEN  ISSUED  IN  SALINASCARMEL,  AND THE ROYAL  OAKS AREA OF NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY,  AND  VOLUNTARY  EVACUATIONS  HAVE  BEEN  ANNOUNCED  IN  SAN  BENITO  COUNTY.     THE  BOLSA  KNOLLS  NEIGHBORHOOD  IN  SALINAS  WAS  EVACUATED  THIS  MORNING;   AND  THE  CARMEL  RIVER  CRESTED  ITS  BANKS  AROUND  3  P-M,   LEADING  TO  BOTH  AN  EVACUATION  THERE,  AND  THE  OPENING  OF  AN  EVACUATION  CENTER  AT  CARMEL  MIDDLE  SCHOOL,  WHICH  IS  LOCATED  AT  4389  CARMEL  VALLEY  ROAD.        THE  S-P-C-A  OF  MONTEREY  COUNTY  WILL  ASSIST  WITH  THE  EVACUATIONS  OF  LARGE  ANIMALS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Residents  stranded  in  the  Big  Sur  area  (south  of  Pfeiffer  Canyon  Bridge)  can  only  get  to  and  from  their  homes  via  helicopter  right  now.    Specialized  Helicopter  is  offering  rides  to  and  from  Post  Ranch  Inn  and  the  Monterey  Regional  Airport.    The  cost  of  the ride  is  $780,   which  can  be  split  by  up  to  3  people.    Unfortunately  there   is  no  separate  luggage  compartment,  so  bag  space  is  limited.  For  more  information  call  specialized  helicopter  at  (831)  763-2244.

Pfeiffer  Canyon  Bridge  is  completely  closed  indefinitely  now  (even  to  pedestrians  crossing),  due to  the  fact  that  the  bridge  moved  more  than  7  inches  over  the  weekend.

Travelers  worked  together  to  clear  Highway  17  this  afternoon.     That  after  a  large  tree  fell,  blocking  all  4  lanes  near  the  summit.    Between  drivers,  passengers  and  emergency  crews  (once  they  arrived  on  the  scene),  they  were  able  to  clear  the  northbound  lanes  by  4  p.m.,   and  the  southbound  lanes  by  4:30  p.m.

A  16  year-old  Santa  Cruz  boy  was  transported  to  a  Bay  Area  Trauma  Center  today.    That  after  he  was  shot  in  what  appeared  to  be  a  gang-related  shooting  on  the  Westside  of  Santa  Cruz. 

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