Written by Sophie BearmanPublished Mar. 13, 2023 • 11:15am
An aerial photograph shows a trash-filled car engulfed in floodwaters in Pajaro, California on Saturday, March 11, 2023. Residents were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night after an atmospheric river surge broke the the Pajaro Levee and sent flood waters flowing into the community. | Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Flooded roads and homes. Stranded cars. Evacuations. The deployment of the California National Guard.
These are some of the scenes from Monterey County this weekend and Monday, following an atmospheric river surge on Saturday that broke a Pajaro River levee and sent flood waters rushing into communities as far north as Watsonville and as far south as San Ardo.
Today, schools are closed and communities are reeling. Meanwhile, another atmospheric river is forecast to hit California on Tuesday.
Emergency Information for Monterey County, including an up-to-date evacuation map, can be found here.
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