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Storm hammers county

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017

Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian Residents along Anderson Drive at College Road check out how a sandbag wall is holding where rain water threatened numerous homes over the weekend and into Monday.

WATSONVILLE — Santa Cruz County took a lashing from heavy rains and strong winds over the weekend. Numerous roads were shut off to traffic due to mud and rockslides, power lines and trees down, and flooding.

California Highway Patrol officer Elizabeth Addy said Highway 152 on the Gilroy side of the mountains from Watsonville has been shut down and will most likely be closed for weeks to allow for clean up.

Though Highway 17 was shut down altogether over the night Sunday, officials were able to reopen three of the four lanes between 9 and 10 a.m. near Scotts Valley Monday because of a massive mudslide.

Highway 35 in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been closed and Old San Jose Road out of Soquel has been thinned down to one lane, Addy said.

Highway 9 was closed altogether between Boulder Creek and Ben Lomond due to mud and trees on the pavement, Addy said.

Lakeview Road had severe flooding, as did College Road, Anderson Drive and Laken Drive in Watsonville. Thousands of sand bags were put to use along College Road and surroundings because of amassing rainwater.

“When you see standing water you don’t know how deep it is,” Addy said. “It’s very easy to get submerged, to stall or get trapped in water. Don’t try to cross the water; it’s not worth it. Find another route and definitely report it.”

However, Monday’s calm weather gave residents a chance to dry things out a bit and assess damage.

The National Weather Service said today will see more rain, which could be heavy at times. The high will be near 59 degrees.

Tonight will have showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1 a.m. Wednesday. There is a 50 percent chance of rain on Wednesday and a 40 percent chance on Thursday. Things should clear out altogether Thursday night and into Friday.

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