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California Storm: Evacuations, Flood Warnings, and Alerts

California is being hit by its tenth atmospheric river storm of the season. Conditions are changing rapidly as the storm dumps heavy rain and melts some of the state’s record snowpack.

Below is an up-to-date list of flood watches, warnings, and evacuation orders. However, it is recommended to check with the local authorities in your community for the most up-to-date information as the storm moves through the state.


San Luis Obispo County: A evacuation orderr has been issued to the residents of Oceano south of the Arroyo Grande Creek levee. An evacuation warning is in effect for areas north of the levee, as well as the area around Oceano Lagoon. A Red Cross shelter is open at the Cal Poly Campus Crandall Gym at 1 Grand Ave.

Santa Cruz County: A evacuation order it is in effect for some communities near the Pajaro and San Lorenzo rivers, as well as parts of Soquel and Paradise Park. A shelter-in-place order has been issued in Cherryvale, Glen Haven, Prescott and other neighborhoods north of Bates Creek.

Fresno County: A evacuation warning it is in effect across a wide swath of the county, including the areas around Pine Flat, Millerton Lake, Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, and Courtright and Wishon Reservoirs.

Flood watches and warnings

Nearly 90 flood alerts and advisories They are in effect statewide, according to the National Weather Service. They include:

Urgent Flash Flood Warnings in parts of Fresno, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Santa Cruz counties.

flood warnings and advisories are in effect in parts of Santa Clara, San Benito, Fresno, Madera, Kings, Alamada, Sonoma, Marin, Inyo, Tulare, Santa Crauz, San Luis Obispo, Mariposa, Merced, Tuolumne, San Mateo, Kern, Santa Barbara and Monterey.

Winter Storm Warnings and advisories are also in effect in several areas, including the eastern foothills of the Sierras and the White Mountains of Inyo County; areas around Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks; portions of the Greater Lake Tahoe Area; and parts of Trinity, Mono, Lassen, Plumas, Humboldt, Siskiyou, Modoc, and Del Norte counties.

avalanche warnings they are in effect in the Greater Lake Tahoe area, the eastern Sierra slopes of Inyo County, south central Siskiyou County, and Mono County between Virginia Lakes and Bishop Creek.

river flood

The National Weather Service is flood forecast for at least nine major rivers. They include:

  • the river eel at Fernbridge
  • the russian river at hopland
  • the Salinas River at Bradley and Spreckels
  • the Carmel River in Robles Del Rio
  • the Merced River in Stevinson
  • the Cosumnes River at Michigan Bar and McConnell
  • and Bear Creek at McKee Road

More than two dozen rivers and streams have reached the “monitoring stage,” indicating the potential for flooding, including places along Mad, Russian, Napa, Salinas, Pajaro, Sisquoc, Sacramento, Yuba, Bear, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Carson and Mokelumne Rivers.