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Did Lack of Funding Contribute to Levee Break?


Nearly five times as much was spent on levee maintenance and flood management on the Pajaro River's northern bank in Santa Cruz County than on its southern bank in Monterey County, where the levee failed and flooded the town.

Kids Grapple with Displacement After Pajaro Flooding


Children have been displaced, with families living out of cars, sleeping in emergency shelters or moving out of Monterey County to stay with relatives.

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Why wasn’t FEMA on the ground in Pajaro after the floods?

In the wake of the flooding that forced more than 2,000 people in Pajaro from their homes and into nearby shelters, motels and even their own cars, on-the-ground federal and state assistance has been conspicuously absent.

Image caption: Detail from a photo tweeted by the city of Watsonville warning residents about the impending atmospheric river storm.
Behind the Levee Breach

On March 10, the Pajaro River flooded the small agricultural town on its banks. Professor Dustin Mulvaney traces the turbulent history of the Central Coast’s second largest watershed.

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Will the levee ever be replaced?

NEWS By Olga Rosales Salinas The news that the Pájaro River overflowed its levee on Saturday, at about midnight, is really nothing new. This isn’t the first time the river has run amok, inundating the town of Pájaro and causing …

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Safety first: Storm-related resources.

As weather continues to impact various parts of Monterey County, resulting in widespread flooding, power outages and other hazards, evacuation warnings and orders remain a fast-changing situation. Please consult the resources below for help. And note that Monterey County and…

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As the proposed Interlake Tunnel project advances, the question is: Is it worth it?

During the succession of atmospheric rivers that swept over the Central Coast around the turn of the year, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, per a Jan. 13 statement, increased its “extremely small water releases” from Lake Nacimiento “to reduce…

Image caption: Scott Murrison inside a hoop house full of unused cannabis growing equipment in Hayfork on Feb. 7, 2023.
Emerald Triangle Cannabis Economy Pushed to the Brink

Cannabis has been king in this rural area of northern California. As prices plummet, communities and small businesses are hurting, Many blame Prop 64.

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Three Peninsula cities are preparing a single plan to reduce future wildfire risk.

During the three wildfires that hit Monterey County in the summer of 2020 – resulting in evacuations in Carmel Valley, along Highway 68 and communities along River Road south of Salinas – there was little risk to the Peninsula forest…

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A look at how meteorologists at NWS Bay Area do their jobs.

David Schmalz here, thinking about the weather, and how remarkably accurate weather forecasting has become over the past century-plus. It’s not a stagnant science, either—forecasting continues to become even more accurate.

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Community Foundation for Monterey County awards $216K in storm relief fund grants

MONTEREY COUNTY — Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) created the Monterey County Storm Relief Fund on Jan. 10 to assist communities impacted by the 2023 winter storms. The fund is a trusted repository for donations and 100% of gifts …

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$1M grant advances broadband expansion on Central Coast

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) has secured a $1 million California Public Utilities Commission broadband development grant to support the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC)’s efforts to expand broadband in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. …


View of the flooded San Lorenzo River Park Benchlands in Santa Cruz, California on New Year's Eve 2022.
Communicating During Disaster and Crisis
Recent lessons learned over days of local disaster.
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