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March 22, 2023

Pop music stars to aid Pajaro flood victims

Maná and Alejandro Fernández—whose combined album sales are more than 50 million—will donate a portion of ticket proceeds from their upcoming Bay Area shows to local nonprofit Community Bridges. The artists are also encouraging individuals to make donations via communitybridges.org/donate. “At the heart of Maná is...

Evacuated Pajaro residents search for answers

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Will Norman stands in front of his home on Drew Lane wearing knee-high waders, up to his ankles in floodwaters that have inundated his neighborhood since a series of storms in January caused Corralitos Creek to spill over. The recent storm on March 11 caused...

Crews hope to patch Pajaro River levee breach by end of Monday

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PAJARO—A secondary breach of the Pajaro River near the Pacific Ocean Monday has helped relieve pressure from the levee and lower floodwaters in Pajaro. Crews are working 24/7 to make emergency repairs to the primary breach of the levee near Murphy Crossing Road that has...

Another storm expected to slam Central Coast

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With sunshine interspersed with scattered showers expected to last through Monday, another storm anticipated to hit the Central Coast early Tuesday will bring up to eight inches in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and at least three inches to the rest of Santa Cruz County. The...

Floodwaters continue to rise in Pajaro as crews begin levee repairs

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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...

Pajaro flood waters shut down Highway 1

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Floodwaters from the Pajaro River levee break reached northbound Highway 1 Sunday morning, forcing officials to shut down the highway at 9am. The northbound lanes of the highway are shut down from Salinas Road to Highway 129. As of 10:30am, the California Highway Patrol was preparing...

Pajaro River levee breaches; evacuations underway in flooded town

An estimated 100-foot-wide breach in the Pajaro River Levee has sent floodwaters into the community of Pajaro, forcing the evacuation of roughly 1,700 residents and causing untold damage to the homes, businesses and farm fields in the rural, agricultural community. On Friday crews were working...

PHOTO: SUV rolls into ag field on Holohan Road

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The California Highway Patrol investigates a solo-vehicle crash on Holohan Road Saturday. Sgt. Atty said the male driver of a Nissan Murano SUV was traveling south at an "unsafe speed" when he lost control around 2:50pm. The Watsonville man, in his early 20s, careened...

Most Santa Cruz County shelters closing as rains recede

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APTOS—Beth McCullough and her son Journey Legen came to the emergency shelter at Cabrillo College in Aptos on Thursday night when the shelter in which they were hoping to stay in Santa Cruz filled up. Originally from Bakersfield, both are homeless. They were among 10...

Flooded creek tears away chunk of Soquel’s Main Street

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SOQUEL—More than 1,000 Soquel residents are trapped in their neighborhood after raging waters tore away a huge chunk of Main Street early Thursday morning. According to Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin, the damage began around 3am, as Bates Creek, which flows under North Main...
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Watsonville Hospital gets temporary CEO

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors on Wednesday unanimously appointed Watsonville Community Hospital Chief Operations Officer Matko Vranjes to serve as interim...