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February 4, 2023

Watsonville residents warned of possible flooding

WATSONVILLE—Santa Cruz County has issued a flood advisory for three evacuation zones along Corralitos and Salsipuedes creeks. The Pajaro River is not at risk of flooding, County officials say.

The warning is in effect for zone PAJ-E026, which is north of Wagner Avenue, south of Minto and Holohan roads and east of Atkinson Lane, Cottage Road and Marigold Avenue.

It is also in effect for PAJ-E027, which is north of Lakeview Road, Salsipuedes-Pajaro Cycleway, south of Strawberry Hill and Cutter Drive, east Lake Avenue, Salsipuedes-Pajaro Cycleway and west of Marsh Lane.

PAJ-E-028, which is north of Village Way, Lakeview Road and Riverside Road, south of Salsipuedes-Pajaro Cycleway and Lakeview Road, east of Condit Lane, East Lake Avenue and Bridge Street and west of Lakeview Road and Riverside Road are also warned of flooding.

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  1. we had rivers of water and mud on all the streets of Pajaro Village. some needed to be evacuated from Bay Village. quite a new year’s eve.

  2. The lack of response and assistance from City of Watsonville to what happened is disappointing. A number of houses on Argos Circle were completely flooded inside. Zero help from anyone. Text messages eventually came, but they were way too late. Where was Watsonville when your citizens needed you?

    And to all those in their 4×4’s that went up and down the streets, all you did was send waves of muddy water into people’s homes. You made things significantly worse for people.

    • A text from a friend in the neighborhood Sat. evening told their street was flooding up to the garage. I had watched the local news and there was no mention of the state of the levy or that neighborhood. Instead the report was only about College. I sent a heads-upTweet to KSBW to no response. The next day I saw photos of the totally flooded ELake, Houlihan, College intersection, including flooding the marker, taken during the day on the 31st! Yet this visual did not make it to the 5pm or 6pm or 10pm news broadcast. The response by emergency was ‘disappointing’ at best! The news coverage was equally substandard.


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