Flash flooding in Salinas neighborhood


FROM STUDIO A. THIS IS KSBW ACTION NEWS 8.>>GOOD EVENING. I’M DAN GREEN.>>AND I’M ERIN CLARK. WE ARE BEGINNING TONIGHT ON THE STORM WATCH WITH MANDATORY EVACUATIONS IN PLACE IN SEVERAL CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITIES. IN CARMEL AND CARMEL VALLEY, PEOPLE LIVING ALONG THE CARMEL RIVER HAVE BEEN TOLD TO GET OUT. THE RIVER WAS EXPECTED TO HI FLOOD STAGE STARTING AT 4:00 TODAY AND P GET 8:00 TONIGHT. PEOPLE LIVING NEAR THE RIVER FROM THE LOS PADRES DAM TO MISSION FIELDS HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY SHOULD LEAVE. THE RED CROSS HAS SET UP AN EVACUATION CENTER AT CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL.>>SEVERAL HOMES IN ROYAL OAKS WERE FORCED TO EVACUATE TODAY AFTER A HUGE MUDSLIDE CAME TUMBLING DOWN. THIS IS ON THE 600 BLOCK OF LEWIS ROAD. EVERYONE GOT OUT SAFELY. THE HOME HAS BEEN RED-TAGGED. THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR IS ALSO IN DANGER OF COMING DOWN AS WELL.>>MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE HAPPENING IN THE BOLSA KNOLLS NEIGHBORHOOD IN NORTH SALINAS. THERE IS WIDE SPREAD FLOODING INTO STREETS AND NEARBY HOMES FROM THE SANTA RITA CREEK AND RUNOFF FROM FIELDS.>>WE HAVE LIVE TEAM COVERAGE ON TODAY’S STORM AND THE MESS LEFT BEHIND. WE START WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST LEE SOLOMON, LEE WE ARE WATCHING CREEKS AND RIVERS.>>WE ARE BECAUSE THERE IS MORE RAIN MOVING INTO THE AREA RIGHT NOW. WE DON’T NEED ANYMORE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS THE CASE. WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE COLD FRONT AND THE COLD PUNCH. DOPPLER RADAR IS STARTING TO PICK UP ON VERY HEAVY RAIN IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS. THAT WILL CONTINUE. SOME OF THAT MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN HAS STARTED TO MAKE ITS WAY SOUTHWARD. IT WILL EVENTUALLY GET DOWN THE BIG SUR COASTLINE ONCE AGAIN. THE CARMEL RIVER IS EXPECTED TO GET TO MODERATE FLOOD STAGE, 10 POINT FIVE FEET. MODERATE FLOOD STAGE IS 11 FEET, BUT IF YOU LIVE ALONG THE CARMEL RIVER, YOUR HOMES ARE IN DANGER OF FLOODING. MATTERS ARE THAT MUCH HARDER TO EVALUATE. WHY THE CREEK, FLOODING ALREADY. — BY THE CREEK, FLOODING ALREADY. WE HAVE HAD FLOODING UP TO THE BANK. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE RIVER COMING OVER ITS BANKS. THAT’S 16 FEET. IT’S AT 13.5 NOW AND WILL CONTINUE TO RISE THROUGH THE EVENING. IN SALINAS, ANOTHER DAY BEFORE THIS PEAKS. THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CREST AROUND 25 FEET. IT’S AT 18 FEET RIGHT NOW. THE SAN LORENZO EXPECTED TO COME UP TO MINOR FLOOD STAGE. WE ARE LOOKING AT PARADISE PARK AND FOUNTAIN OF GROWTH WITH FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO S THE RAIN COME DOWN.>>THANK YOU, LEE. MORE ON THE EVACUATION ORDERS IN PLACE TONIGHT. ONE OF THEM IS IN THE BOLSA KNOLLS NEIGHBORHOOD OF SALINAS, WHERE AN ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD IS UNDER WATER. AND THAT’S WHERE WE FIND ACTION NEWS REPORTER FELIX CORTEZ, FELIX.>>ERIN, EARLIER TODAY THE SANTA RITA CREEK WAS OVERFLOWING IT’S BANKS, AT THAT TIME A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION ORDER WAS ISSUED, THREE HOURS LATER, IT TURNED INTO A MANDATORY EVACUATION, — EVACUATION. A FLOODED SANTA RITA CREEK AND RUNOFF FROM NEARBY FIELDS WAS TOO MUCH TO HANDLE FOR THI OLSON AS NEIGHBORHOOD. BY NEW AND, — BY KNOWN — BY NOON THERE WAS A FLURRY OF ACTIVITY AS NEIGHBORS HELPED EACH OTHER SAND BAG THEIR HOME — HOMES.>>THAT’S REALLY GOOD THAT EVERYBODY HELPED. WHAT ELSE ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO? YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR STREET. YOU LIVE ON IT. I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS GOING TO BE THIS BAD.>>A KIND OF DID, BECAUSE WE LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO IT, BUT MY DAD KEPT ON SAYING THAT’S NOT GOING TO OVERFLOW. BUT I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, AND IT HAPPENED.>>THE CORNER OF PAUL AVENUE AND DENNER JUST OFF SAN JUAN GRADE ROAD, WAS INUNDATED WITH WATER, DEEP ENOUGH IN SOME SPOTS, THAT THIS LONGTIME NEIGHBOR BROUGHT OUT HER KAYAK AND PADDLED DO THE STREET.>>I’M NOT MAKING LIGHT OF IT. I’VE GOT SIX INCHES OF WATER IN MY GARAGE, BUT WHAT CAN I DO? WE’VE GOT EVERYTHING WE CAN SAND BAGGED UP, AND WE JUST HOPE IT DOESN’T GET ANY HIGHER.>>A LATE AFTERNOON BREAK IN THE WEATHER ALLOWED THE FLOOD WATERS TO RECEDE, BUT NOT THE DANGER, PEOPLE CONTINUED TO HAUL SANDBAGS. BY LATE AFTERNOON A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION HAD TURNED INTO A MANDATORY EVACUATION, SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND FIREFIGHTERS GOING DOOR TO DOOR WARNING PEOPLE TH SHOULD LEAVE. BY THEN, SOME WERE READY TO GET OUT.>>WE JUST DON’T WANT TO PUT OUR FAMILY IN DANGER.>>DON’T PUT YOURSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE RESCUED.>>BACK HERE LIVE, PERSONNEL WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORING THE CREEK LEVELS, AS SHOULD RESIDENCE. WITH MORE RAIN ON THE WAY, IT’S EXPECTED TO FLOOD OUT HERE AGAIN, AND AGAIN THAT MANDATORY , EVACUATION WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. AGAIN, THE WARNING GOING OUT TO RESIDENTS, YOU SHOULD BE CLOSELY MONITORING THE MONTH — WATER LEVEL AND BE READY TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE.>>THANK YOU. THE RED CROSS HAS ACTIVATED AN EVACUATION CENTER IN SALINAS. IT’S AT THE NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ON 315 EAST ALVIN DRIVE. THE SPCA FOR MONTEREY COUNTY IS THERE PROVIDING ASSISTANCE. PETS ARE WELCOME.>>CREWS ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE SAN LORENZO RIVER WHICH IS EXPECTED TO FLOOD TONIGHT AND COMMUNITIES NEAR IT AR PREPARING TO EVACUATE. ACTION NEWS REPORTER PHIL GOMEZ, LIVE IN SANTA CRUZ WITH MORE.>>IT’S ANOTHER ANXIOUS DAY FOR SANTA CRUZ COUNTY COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THEY CAN’T TAKE A DAY OFF FROM THE STRESS POTENTIAL FLOODING BRINGS.>>IT’S CRAZY. IT’S NOT FUN, FOR SURE.>>RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG THE SAN LORENZO RIVER WERE ON HIGH ALERT FOR FLOODING AS A POWERFUL NEW STORM DUMPED LARGE AMOUNTS OF RAIN ON AN ALREADY SATURATED REGION WHERE WATER BANKS A UNDER MAJOR STRESS.>>I DID NOT SLEEP MUCH LAST NIGHT BECAUSE YOU HEAR THE SOUND AND YOU CANNOT DIFFERENTIATE WHETHER IT IS THE RAIN OR THE RIVER. YOU DO HAVE TO RIVER THAT — WORRY THAT THE RIVER MIGHT GET HIGHER THAN WHAT IS FORECAST.>>THE FIRST 911 WARNING WENT OUT THIS MORNING TO HOMEOWNERS IN PARADISE PARK AND FOUNTAIN GROWTH. CARS ARE PARKED AT A HIGHER ELEVATION OF AWAY FROM THE FLOOD ZONE FOR AN EASY AS DAY.>>THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO. — EASY ESCAPE.>>THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO.>>IT’S NOT JUST PEOPLE WHO FEEL THE STRESS. THE COVERED BRIDGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER HAS ALREADY EVACUATED TWICE IN THE STORMS. USUALLY THERE ARE 84 HORSES STABLED HERE. CURRENTLY, HALF REMAIN. HORSE OWNERS ARE READY TO EVACUATE A THIRD TIME IF NECESSARY.>>WE TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHERE WE CAN PUT OUR HORSES ALONG WITH EVERYBODY ELSE.>>GRAHAM HILL ROAD IN SANTA CRUZ SHUT DOWN AFTER A MUDSLIDE PUSHED A SECURITY TRUCK OVER TO THE EDGE OF THE SHOULDER. THE DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED.>>ITS CONTINUING. ROADS ARE CLOSED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. TAKE TREES EVERYWHERE.>>THAT ROAD HAS THREE OPENED. RIGHT NOW, THE PROBLEM SEEMS TO BE HIGH WIND KNOCKING TREES AND WIRES DOWN. WE HAVE HAD A FEW ACCIDENTS IN TOWN. HIGHWAY 17 IS OPEN BOTH DIRECTIONS, BUT IT IS DOWN TO ONE LANE SOUTH.>>THANKS, PHIL. WE WERE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE ROAD CLOSURES ON THE CENTRAL COAST AND THE LIST –>>I AM GOING TO GET THE LIST AND SHOW IT TO YOU LATER IN THE BROADCAST.>>IT GOES ON AND ON.>>OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE BEING HIT HARD.>>IN RIO DEL MAR, APTOS BEACH DRIVE IS COVERED WITH WATER. MANY BUSINESSES HAVE SAND BAGS IN PLACE TO TRY TO KEEP WATER FROM GETTING INSIDE. SOME DRIVERS ARE MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE FLOODED STREETS BUT OTHERS AREN’T WILLING TO TAKE THAT RISK.>>THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS IDENTIFIED A MAN WHO DIED IN THE RIVER OVER THE WEEKEND. 46-YEAR-OLD ERIC CAIN OF BEN LOMOND WAS FOUND FLOATING IN THE

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