murphy road closed pajaro river
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Workers from Public Works of Monterey County have closed Murphy Road where it crosses the Pajaro River. County spokeswoman Maia Carroll said officials expect the current storm system to increase the level of the Pajaro River enough to overtop Murphy Road. The low water crossing on Murphy Road is designed for rising waters of the Pajaro River to flow over the pavement. Murphy Road is a heavily used conduit between San Juan and Riverside (Highway 129) roads.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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