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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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A  wanted  man  was  arrested  in  Watsonville  yesterday.     There  was  an  arrested  warrant  out  for  27  year-old  Ramon  Ruiz,  for  brandishing an  assault-type  rifle  at  a  group  of  people  in Watsonville  earlier  this  month.   Ruiz  was  booked  into  Santa  Cruz  County  Jail.

The  evacuations  have  been  lifted  for  the  residents  of  the  Bolsa  Knolls  community  in  Salinas.     Because  the  evacuations have  been  lifted,  the  evacuation  center,  at  the  Northminster  Presbyterian  Church,  will  be  closed.   

A  man,  who  shot  2  people  in  Salinas  on  Friday,  is  still  being  sought.     The  SHOOTINGS  occurred  on  the  15-hundred  block  of  Cottonwood  Drive,  just  before 6:30 p.m.   A  23  year-old  man  suffered  a  gunshot  wound  to  the  head, which  was  determined  to  be  a  non-life-threatening injury….and  a woman  across  the  street  suffered  a  bulletwound  to  her  arm.    The  suspect  has  been  described  as  a  Hispanic  male  with  long  hair…who  was  wearing  a  baseball  cap.    The  shooting  is  being  investigated  as  gang-related.

The  identity  of  the  man  who  was  shot  and  killed  in  Salinas  on  Saturday  has  been  released.     35  year-old  Juan  Carlos  Guido  Lopez  was  near  his  home  when  he  was  shot  multiple  times  around  10:30  that  night.     The  suspects  involved  were only described  as  makes  in  dark  clothing.       Anyone  with  any  information  about this  shooting  is  encouraged  to  contact  the  Salinas  Police  Department.

HIGHWAY 101 IS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AT COCHRANE ROAD  IN MORGAN HILL. THERE IS NO ESTIMATED TIME OF RE- OPENING THE

HIGHWAY. A LEVEE THAT DIVERTS WATER FROM COYOTE CREEK (WHICH HAS BEEN CARRYING RUNOFF FROM ANDERSON RESERVOIR HAS BEEN BREACHED.

COYOTE CREEK WAS AT MODERATE FLOOD STAGE AT NOON TODAY AND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO RISE AND REACH MAJOR FLOOD STAGE AND

REMAIN THERE UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT.

(10:05) Santa Cruz county - The Northbound lanes on Highway 17 have been reopened.  The lanes were closed for several weeks after the storms along the central coast created a massive mudslide.   Caltrans reported that one southbound lane is currently closed due to roadway cracking near Sugarloaf Road.  That area is currently being evaluated to of determine what repairs are necessary.

 

 

(09:40) Santa Cruz - Event Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Works will be hosting an event for tech companies to come share their visions for Santa Cruz technology.  A few of the organizations that will be attending the event are Plantronics, Digital Nest, Cruzio Internet, and Amazon Web services.  The Titans of Tech event will be from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Dream Inn, 175 West Cliff Drive. To purchase tickets go to eventbrite.com

(09:15) Edenvale - A flood warning continues today for Coyote creek near Edenvale.  If flooding occurs the roads along Coyote creek will make traveling difficult.   Those living and working, along or near the river should prepare for flood conditions and be ready to move to higher ground.  A few things to keep in mind during a flood are: Do not let children play near floodwaters, especially around culverts and storm drains.   Motorists should not drive through flood prone areas, low water crossings, or go around barricades.

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