MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN SALINAS, CARMEL, 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.
A BROKEN SEWAGE LINE AND SPILL (EAST OF McGOWAN BRIDGE, NEAR PAJARO) HAS LED TO RESIDENTS OF PAJARO AND MOSS LANDING BEING ASKED TO LIMIT THEIR WATER USE. THE SEWAGE- LINE MOVES WATER FROM SEVERAL COMMUNITIES TO THE WATSONVILLE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. THE SPILL HAS BEEN CONTAINED, BUT REPAIRS COULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUING STORMY WEATHER.
AS A PRECAUTION, BOTH ZMUDOWSKI AND MOSS LANDING BEACH ARE CLOSED.
HIGH WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR NUMEROUS LOCAL LOCATIONS, INCLUDING ALL COASTAL AREAS, THE SANTA CRUZ, SANTA LUCIA, AND DIABLO RANGE MOUNTAINS…..AS WELL AS THE LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST AND THE NORTHERN PORTION OF SAN BENITO COUNTY.
THE POWERFUL WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING DOWN TREES, BRANCHES AND POWERLINES, WHICH IS LIKELY TO CAUSE NUMEROUS POWER OUTAGES.
THE APTOS BEACH FLATS AREA IS EXPERIENCING SIGNIFICANT FLOODING TODAY. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARE DELIVERING SAND BAGS TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN THE AREA, AND PEOPLE LIVING (AND WORKING) THERE ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO EVACUATE.
VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS ORDERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR PEOPLE LIVING NEAR PACHECO CREEK. THE CURRENT RIVER LEVEL THERE EXPECTED TO REACH ABOVE FLOOD STAGE SOMETIME TODAY. RESIDENTS OF THE LOVERS LANE, SAN FELIPE ROAD AND DUNNEVILLE AREAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE PLANS TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES.
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