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Santa Cruz County Supes Approve Emergency Declaration

Santa Cruz County will receieve $3.1 million to be used for roads and infrastructure damaged during the atmospheric river storms

A landslide happened on Lodge Road in Boulder Creek after recent heavy rains. — courtesy of the County of Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Supervisors on Tuesday ratified an emergency declaration for the winter storms that occurred on Dec. 13. County Administrative Officer Carlos Palacios made the initial declaration on Dec. 21.

The decision will allow the county to receive state funding under the California Disaster Assistance Act for the estimated $3.1 million to county roads and infrastructure that occurred during the atmospheric river storms.

It will also allow the county to begin working on repairs immediately.

“We’re being proactive here,” said Supervisor Greg Caput. “If we waited longer I think we’d have a major problem here.”

The runoff in the rural parts of the county caused flooding, numerous landslides, fire-related debris flow along Foreman Creek, road washouts and road collapses, including the loss of part of Lodge Road in Boulder Creek, county spokesman Jason Hoppin said.

Also damaged were Granite Creek Road, Valencia Road, Miller Cutoff, Casserly Road, Highland Way and Two Bar Road, many of which were chewed away by flowing water.

The debris flow that occurred downslope of the CZU Fire Burn Scar along Foreman Creek caused several homes to be evacuated. To see the flow visit bit.ly/3HfGyIH.

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