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March 26, 2023

Floodwaters continue to rise in Pajaro as crews begin levee repairs

PAJARO—Nearly 200 people have been rescued so far from the floodwaters in Pajaro, Monterey County Sheriff Tina Nieto said Sunday afternoon.

Crews from the state’s emergency contractor are on site at the 120-foot breach in the Pajaro River Levee, as they prepare to shore up the break with boulders and riprap from the nearby Graniterock quarry in Aromas, Lew Bauman of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency said. It is currently unknown how long it will take workers to shore up the levee, Bauman said, adding that an estimate could be available over the next 24 hours.

“They will be working 24/7 to make as much progress as they can prior to the next rain event,” he said.

During a Zoom press conference, Nieto said the water continues to rise in Pajaro, and rescue workers will soon have to switch to boats to reach stranded residents.

No deaths or injuries have been reported, according to Nieto.

“We have a whole community under water,” she said, adding that she had just returned from Pajaro to aid in the efforts. “It’s a holy moly situation, but my language would be a lot more colorful.”

County officials anticipate further evacuation orders around Pajaro may be announced soon, not only due to the rising waters, but also because of another atmospheric river weather event expected to hit the region this week.

Due to the flooding that impacted drinking water facilities, the drinking water supplied by Pajaro Water System is possibly contaminated. Pajaro residents are advised not to use the tap water for drinking and cooking until further notice.

A total of 235 people are taking shelter at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, according to county officials.

Emergency shelters remain open at the following locations:

• Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2061 East Lake Ave., Watsonville

• Compass Church, 10325 S. Main St., Salinas

• Holy Trinity Church Hall, 27 South El Camino Real, Greenfield

• Salvation Army Contra Costa, 1491 Contra Costa Blvd, Seaside

Temporary Evacuation Points, where evacuees can make transportation arrangements to an emergency shelter, are also open at: 

• Prunedale Library, 17822 Moro Road

• Carmel Valley Library, 65 W. Carmel Valley Road

• King City Library, 402 Broadway St.

Erik Chalhoub
Erik Chalhoub joined Weeklys as an editor in 2019. Prior to his current position, Chalhoub worked at The Pajaronian in Watsonville for seven years, serving as managing editor from 2014-2019.


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