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Explaining travel will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, Santa Cruz County is urging residents to stay home if possible as a powerful storm has caused flooding and mudslides Monday morning.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for Felton Grove and Paradise Park as the San Lorenzo River reached flood stage. Evacuation orders are also in place for areas along Soquel Creek, including Soquel Village and parts of Capitola Village, and areas along the Pajaro River.
“The levels of Corralitos Creek, Salsipuedes Creek and Aptos Creek are rising rapidly due to intense rainfall,” the county stated in a social media post. The levels led to evacuation orders in Pajaro Valley, Corralitos and Aptos Beach Flats.
The Browns Valley Road Bridge at Via Del Sol has been damaged in Santa Cruz County. Our crews responded and made contact with people who live in the area. The alternative route is Las Colinas Drive. #CaWx @sccounty
— CAL FIRE CZU (@CALFIRECZU) January 9, 2023

In San Lorenzo Valley, the area near Mill Street in Ben Lomond was ordered to evacuate.
Santa Cruz County issued an evacuation warning for downtown Santa Cruz due to the San Lorenzo River.
The National Weather Service says areas that will experience flooding include Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Corralitos, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Live Oak, Felton, Ben Lomond, Soquel, Twin Lakes, Aptos, Boulder Creek, Rio Del Mar, Eureka Canyon Road, Brown Valley Road, Freedom, Amesti, Interlaken, Day Valley and Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley.
“Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring. Streams continue to rise due to excess runoff from earlier rainfall,” the weather service wrote in its flood warning. “It will take several hours for all the water from these storms to work through local drainage systems in urban areas.”
This is a current look at conditions in Santa Cruz County. Photos: Hwy 9 closed at Highlands Park, San Lorenzo River at Henry Cowell in Felton is rising. #CaWx
— CAL FIRE CZU (@CALFIRECZU) January 9, 2023

In addition to flooding along rivers and creeks, the weather service issued a flash flood warning for most of Santa Cruz County valid through 9:45 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Highway 9 is closed at upper Glen Arbor Road and Holiday Lane in Ben Lomond due to a major mudslide and downed power lines. Graham Hill Road is closed at Mount Hermon Road due to flooding. A slide on Highway 17 south of Glenwood Drive closed both southbound lanes. Another slide on northbound Highway 17 just south of Sugarloaf Road closed one lane. In Corralitos, the Browns Valley Road Bridge was damaged by rising waters.
Traffic alert 🚨 road closure Southbound SR-17 south of Glenwood Dr. Slide is blocking the roadway
— CHP Santa Cruz (@CHPscrz) January 9, 2023

The CHP said it is closing a northbound lane of Highway 1 south of River Street to remove a log jam at the freeway overcrossing as the San Lorenzo River continues to rise.
🚨🚧 We’re preparing for an emergency closure of the N/B # 2 lane on Hwy 1 s/of River Street due to removal of this log jam at the freeway over-crossing, as the San Lorenzo River continues to rise.
— CHP Santa Cruz (@CHPscrz) January 9, 2023

The county opened shelters at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and Cabrillo College. The city of Santa Cruz opened a temporary emergency shelter at the Freight Building at Depot Park, 119 Center St., Santa Cruz, for anyone needing to get out of the rain overnight. The site will be open 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. through Thursday.
Pajaro Valley Unified School District announced all of its schools are closed Monday due to the storm. Evacuated sites will continue to be closed Tuesday.
To sign up for CodeRed, the emergency alert and evacuation system, visit or text SCR911 to 99411. For residents needing help signing up or without internet access, call 211. Notifications are also available by downloading the Watsonville Police Department app.
The CodeRed website also includes a list of locations where sandbags can be filled and brought home to help divert water and lessen flood damage.
Go to for links to road closures and evacuation maps as well as more disaster preparedness resources.
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