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February 4, 2023

Rains prompt evacuation warnings

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County officials on Saturday morning issued evacuation warnings for residents in the Felton Grove neighborhood (FEL–E008), and Paradise Park in Santa Cruz (CRZ–E081).

The warnings came as heavy rain and wind overnight drenched the County, toppling trees and power lines and causing mudslides in some areas. 

The flood advisory is being issued in advance of possible evacuations, County spokesman Jason

 Hoppin said.  Residents should prepare to leave should an evacuation alert be issued. 

Residents may look up their evacuation zones at community.zonehaven.com.

The County Emergency Operations Center has been activated to monitor further impacts from the storm, including localized flooding and road impacts.

The rains are expected to continue throughout Saturday, with some clearing on Sunday before returning later in the week.

Flood Tips

• In a flood, move to higher ground. Be aware of drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly.

• After a flood, stay away from downed power lines and designated disaster areas.

• Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

• If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route. Roads underneath may be damaged and impassable. 

• Don’t drive through floodwaters or around barricades. Only a few inches of water can sweep your vehicle off the road.

• Stay out of standing floodwater. The dirty water can disguise hazards below the surface, such as deep holes and dangerous debris.

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