County Declares Local Emergency

 

Date:†††††††††††††† April 12, 2006

Release: †††††††† Immediately

Contact: †††††††† Dinah Phillips

††††††††††† ††† ††††††† Public Information Officer

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Susan Mauriello, County Administrative Officer and Director of Emergency Services for Santa Cruz County today declared a local emergency due to winter storms, flooding, and high winds which have pummeled the County since March 29th. The Department of Public Works estimates approximately $6 million in road damage and debris clearance costs, and the Planning Department estimates more than $3 million in damage to private property.

 

Streams and Rivers

 

As a precautionary measure, residents of Felton Grove were notified last night that the San Lorenzo River was approaching flood stage.The river, which reaches flood stage at 18 feet,peaked last night at 16 feet, and is currently at 10 feet. At this time, no Santa Cruz County rivers or streams are approaching flood stage.

 

Roads

 

Currently, five roads in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County are closed, and thirteen roads have limited access due to weather related slides and slipouts. A list of road closures can be viewed at http://www.sccroadclosure.org/.

 

Two Bar Road, off Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is closed with a slide estimated to be three acres in size. The slide also contains enormous boulders, which makes removal more difficult. Ten homes are isolated on the other side of the slide. No injuries or damage to the homes have been reported. The County is contracting with Granite Construction to open the road. Granite Construction will begin working tonight. Depending on weather, it is hoped that the road will be open by tomorrow evening.

 

Slide Damage

 

In addition to damage to roads throughout the County, seven homes have been posted unsafe to occupy for geologic reasons. The estimated cost of damage to those homestotals $3.3 million.County geo-technical staff are conducting field inspections and assessments. Some of these slides are continuing to move.

 

Landslides at the rear of two houses on Amesti Road, adjacent to the site of a large slide in 1995, have caused part of the foundations to separate from the structures.

 

Lompico Water District

 

A landslide has damaged the water system for the Lompico Water Districtís main lines. Fire agencies are supplying water for fire suppression capacity by use of water tenders, and potable water has been delivered for use by residents.