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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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(13:49) WATSONVILLE- Watsonville High School will host a Town Hall and Resource Fair on Tuesday. The event, organized by Santa Cruz County Community Prevention Partners will help parents, teens, teachers, and family members understand family and community issues related to one of the community’s largest problems, underage drinking, and provide a solutions-focused format for alcohol related public health and safety concerns. The event will take place at Watsonville High School Cafeteria: 250 E. Beach Street, entrance on Lincoln. Resource Fair and refreshments at 5:30 pm, program starts at 6:00 pm.  
Childcare and translation provided.  All welcome

 

(13:36)BIG SUR - The demolition of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 continued on Saturday, March 18 with a successful demolition of the mid-span the north spanning section was brought down on Thursday. The remaining south span demolition will begin today (Mon). The next phase of the project will be debris recovery and removal.

 

(13:07) SALINAS- The man charged with killing a Salinas pastor entered a plea on Thursday.  37 year old Servando Silva entered a plea of not guilty for the fatal stabbing of 68 year old Herbert Valero last Tuesday. Silva is due back in court on Thursday. In the meantime funeral services have been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Compass Church for the slain pastor.

 

(12:43)SALINAS- A fire destroyed an abandoned building in Salinas on Saturday. Shortly after 5 p.m., fire crews responded to the Chinatown area near Soledad Street to reports of a fire in an abandoned building. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the one building and save the adjacent Victory Mission, provider of homeless services. The building had a long history of fires in the 20 years it has been abandoned. No injuries were reorted.

 

(10:50) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz City manager would like to hear the opinion on what the replacement for Chief Kevin Vogel should look like.  A survey is available on surveymonkey.com in English and Spanish.  The new chief will oversee 124 employees, including 104 sworn officers, and a $26 million annual department budget.  So far only 200 surveys have been submitted.  The survey will be available online for the next few weeks. 

(10:15) California - The USDA’s  Food Safety  and Inspection Service announced a recall on The "Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza" this week.  The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.  The pizza being recalled was produced on February 23rd with the code 20547.  Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume it and should either throw it away or return it.

(09:40) Santa Cruz County - President Donald Trump approved a storm disaster declaration for Santa Cruz County yesterday.  The winter storms caused an estimated 70 million dollars in damages to Santa Cruz County roads.  Monterey and San Benito counties did not make the list to receive federal help.

 

(08:20) Big Sur - A Spokesperson for Caltrans said they are continuing to have problems with the crane being used to demolish the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.  On Monday work crews were only able to get the 6,000 pound wrecking ball to tap the bridge.  Caltrans is working on a strategy that will get the wrecking ball to hit the bridge with the force it needs to break it down.  To accomplish the demolition the computerized settings on the crane need to be corrected. 

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