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Emergency Resources

What do you need to know?

The Pajaro River levee breached at approximately midnight Friday, March 10th upstream from the community of Pajaro in the vicinity of River Mile 10. Currently, the breach is approximately 400 feet wide and flowing freely. Emergency temporary repair work to stabilize the breach with rocks and materials has begun.

Overnight Friday to Saturday, emergency personnel conducted more than 90 rescues in this area. Door-to-door evacuation notifications began to connect with residents who may not have left when emergency notices were issued. High water vehicles, dive and search and rescue and mutual support agencies are working in the area.

Due to the flooding that impacted drinking water facilities, the drinking water supplied by the following is possibly contaminated and Residents are advised NOT USE THE TAP WATER FOR DRINKING AND COOKING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

  • Pajaro Water System

  • Sunny Mesa Water System

  • San Ardo Water District


March 13, 8:587pm

This message is from the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center. An atmospheric river is scheduled to arrive later tonight, with the highest rainfall rates beginning overnight Tuesday into mid-morning. Additional rain is expected through the week. Impacts to include localized flooding, downed trees and slope failures, with road impacts and power outages likely. Prepare you and your family now.

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Where should you go?

See updated evacuation map 





Residents who did not leave the area are still encouraged to do so. MST is providing free transportation to shelters, and Temporary Evacuation Points (TEP) which are open 24 hours.   Evacuees who want to go to an Emergency Shelter but need transportation can go to a TEP to make arrangements. Pick ups are at the following locations:

Evacuation Orders:

  • Areas of Aroyo Seco

  • Pajaro Community,

  • San Ardo

  • Areas of the Salinas River

      (Greenfield to Gonzales)

  • Areas of the Salinas River

      (Gonzales to Spreckels)

  • Salinas River Areas Northwest of Spreckels

Evacuation Warning

  • Areas of the Salinas River/Elkhorn & Moro

      Cojo Slough

  • Low Lying Areas of the Castroville Community


  • West of River Rd. from Highway 68 south

       to Fort Romie Rd

  • Las Palmas 1, 2 and Indian Springs due

      to flooding at River Rd.

Official Evacuation centers:

​The County of Monterey wants to emphasize that emergency shelters are available to any and all resident impacted by flooding, regardless of immigration status. 

  • Santa Cruz County/Watsonville Fairgrounds
    2601 East Lake Ave. Watsonville, CA

  • Compass Church
    10325 S. Main Street, Salinas

  • Holy Trinity Church Hall
    27 South El Camino Real, Greenfield

  • Salvation Army

       Contra Costa 1491 Contra Costa Blvd,


  • Castroville Recreation Center

       11261 Crane Street, Castroville

The Monterey Convention and Visitors Bureau has a link for evacuation rates area hotels are offering.Community Connection

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School Closure Information

Current School District Closures:

  • Chualar School District

  • Graves School District

  • Lagunita School District

  • North Monterey County Unified School District -

      Castroville Elementary, NMC Middle School

  • Salinas Union High School District

Please check with your school district if

you are concerned about possible closures.

  • San Ardo Union School District 

  • Santa Rita Union School District

  • Spreckels Union School District

  • Washington Union School District

  • Monterey Bay Charter School

  • Oasis Charter School





Cal OES Resources:

Cal HHS Emergency Resource Guide:

California Department of Social Services:

If you are concerned about the well-being of a loved one residing in a long-term care facility (board and care, assisted living, skilled nursing), the Statewide Long-Term Care Ombudsman CRISIS line is available 24/7 at 1-800-231-4024.

Please reach out if you need to talk with someone. The CalHOPE line is available. The peer counselors listen with compassion, provide non-judgement support and will guide you to additional resources that can help give you hope and help you cope. Call 1-833-317-HOPE (4673) or visit their website

Road Information:

Full closure of Hwy 1 north Monterey County to Watsonville due to flooding.

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