Press Release

Recently the United State Small Business Administration (SBA) made low interest loans available to residents and businesses that were impacted by the recent flooding events in February.  San Benito County residents are one of several counties that are eligible for these loans.

Homeowners are eligible for loans up to $200,000 to replace real estate damage and up to $40,000 to replace personal property.

Renters are eligible for a loan of $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

Businesses are eligible for loans up to $2,000,000 to repair or replace real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other assets that were damaged or destroyed.

Application filing deadlines for physical damage is May 19, 2017.

SBA customer service representatives are available in two neighboring locations:

Santa Cruz County Governmental Center

Third Flood – Elections Office

701 Ocean Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Monday through Friday

9:00am to 5:30pm

Or

San Jose City Hall

12th Floor – Room 1231

200 East Santa Clara Street

San Jose, CA 95113

Monday through Friday

10:00am to 7:00pm

Or visit http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela for more information.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services at 831-636-4168.

Current Road Conditions

Press Release from San Benito County Office of Emergency Services – Update 02/20/2017 at 3:45P.M.

From the San Benito County Emergency Operations Center – 2301 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA

There is currently a voluntary evacuation order for the Lover’s Lane Area of Northern San Benito County.

Pacheco Creek is already flooding and water is flowing through previous breaks in the levees.

The following roads are currently closed:

Lover’s Lane

San Felipe Road

Spring Grove Road

Union Road

According to the National Weather Service, San Francisco Bay Area in Monterey, CA, a high impact weather event is currently creating hazardous conditions in and around San Benito County.

Moderate to heavy rain is expected through this evening.

The heaviest rainfall will likely occur just north of San Benito County in the East Bay Hills, but runoff will flow south into San Benito.

The additional rainfall will likely lead to additional flooding.

Winds will be gusty at times through the day likely bringing trees downs.

The greatest impacts will be felt over the next 12 to 18 hours with improving conditions on late Tuesday.

Please use caution when driving vehicles as windy conditions and flooded roadways may make local and regional travel hazardous.

Check this website periodically for further updates.

Remember, call 9-1-1 for assistance during all emergency situations.

Update from Community Meeting

On January 31st, 2017 San Benito County officials met with the residents of Lovers Lane and San Felipe Road to answer any questions and address concerns. The following are questions along with their answer that came up during the meeting:

Who should have their water well tested?
Residents whose water systems were completely covered by river floods during the storms. Residents may obtain a list of approved labs to test water through the California Department of Public Health.

What resources will be available if water systems are not up to par?
The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services will offer dumpster and restroom facility resources for residents whose water systems were affected. If affected residents need one of these resources, please contact us.

What the County is going to do about the damaged roads and road ditches?
A private contractor was hired through a bidding process and road repair will begin Tuesday, February 7th. The San Benito County Public Works Department is currently clearing out and creating more ditches.

What the County is going to do about the breached levee? Will they clear the creek?
Work began on Wednesday, February 1st to clear the creek of debris. Repairing of the levee itself has not started yet, only access to the levee so that equipment may safely make it to the areas of repair.

Where residents may obtain donated resources and services?
Residents should contact the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services to request services and resources needed, and the County will try to match needs with available donations.

The SanBenitoRecovers.org website contains both a survey for affected residents and a page to report damages to roads, bridges, culverts, etc. http://sanbenitorecovers.org/report-damage/.

The County of San Benito is working with various partners to return the area of Lovers Lane and San Felipe Road to a state of normality.

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Counties Across California Following Severe Winter Storms

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.

The emergency proclamations issued due to January and December storms – for the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba and Del Norte – direct Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. The proclamations also direct the Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to local governments.

The full text of the emergency proclamations can be read by clicking the link below:

http://cert1.mail-west.com/janmc7rmhHyjuU/hHgtmyuz/72husqbf2myrz41/qhH/oge1sz41hHqvn/9w22t9xypv?_c=d%7Cze7pzanwmhlzgt%7C14mf1rtbk9g22j9&_ce=1485232618.607b43b38db0ce268ca8bdfb16d84b09

Press Release for January 22, 2017 at 7:42PM PST

From the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services.

In preparation of a third flooding event at the Lovers Lane/San Felipe Road area, San Benito County deployed resources including the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) group, and others to notify and evacuate residents. Reserve 911 notifications were made and evacuations of the flood areas were conducted. Evacuations were completed and operations have ceased at this time.

During the evacuation operations, Officials from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) assisted local resources and continued to offer support to the county efforts to respond to and recover from this flooding disaster. The County of San Benito would like to thank Cal OES for their tireless efforts and support through these flooding events.

The county continues to await word from the Governor on the status of the requested Gubernatorial Proclamation of a State of Emergency existing in San Benito County and to make available programs that will assist the county and the residents of the county recover.

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services will continue to observe weather conditions throughout the course of the evening and we encourage residents to monitor the most current weather conditions via the National Weather Service website (please see link below).

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Hollister&state=CA&site=MTR&lat=36.8952&lon=-121.243#.WIVlmFMrLIV

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mtr&gage=phoc1

Press Release for January 22, 2017 at 12:22PM PST

From the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services.

A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for the Lover’s Lane area north of Pacheco Creek effective at 12:26PM PST.

Pacheco Creek is expected to rise to levels similar to those levels seen on January 20, 2017.

A evacuation center is being set up at the Veteran’s Hall in Downtown Hollister, CA, located at 649 San Benito Street.

San Benito County Search and Rescue teams will be going door to door to notify residents of this evacuation.

For further information, please contact Louie Valdez, Office of Emergency Services Public Information Officer, at 520-331-2856.

Press Release for January 22, 2017 at 9:21AM PST – PLEASE READ

From the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services.

As of 9:21AM PST, residents living in and around the Lover’s Lane neighborhood in northern San Benito County are hereby advised to remain vigilant regarding possible flooding along the Pacheco Creek waterway.

It is recommended that residents prepare personal belongings, pets and other livestock in the event that a new evacuation order is issued.

It is also strongly recommended that residents register their cellular phones on the Code Red system to receive emergency alerts from local authorities for your area.

A link to the Code Red website is listed below.

https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/218A80E36F49

Please continue to monitor this webpage for additional updates throughout the course of the day.

January 20, 2017 Press Release 7:20PM PST

Press Release from the Office of Emergency Services, San Benito County, CA

Evacuation and rescue operations have been completed as of this hour.

San Benito County would like to thank our emergency response partners.

We would like all residents of San Benito County to know that our thoughts are with them through this difficult time and that our staff is working diligently to provide the highest level of service.

As of this hour, any person requiring assistance is encouraged to dial 9-1-1 so that the appropriate resources can be made available as appropriate.

Sand Bags are available at the following locations:

1. San Benito County Yard
3220 Southside Road, Hollister

2. Corner of Shore Road and Lovers Lane
6501 Lovers Lane
Located on private property, owner has granted access to anyone looking for sandbags.

3. San Juan Bautista City Yard
Corners of 2nd and San Jose Streets

4. Aromas Fire Station
492 Carpenteria Rd.

5. Hollister Fire Dept. #2 (City of Hollister residents only)
1000 Union Road, Hollister

6. Hollister City Yard (City of Hollister residents only)
1321 South Street, Hollister

San Benito County Office of Emergency Services will continue to monitor the weather throughout the weekend and to provide updates.

For more updates, please follow San Benito County OES on Facebook at facebook.com/SanBenitoCountyOES)

January 20 Press Release 5:10PM PST

From the Office of Emergency Services, San Benito County, CA.

Press Release – For Immediate Release 1/20/17 5:00PM

At approximately 12:50PM today, the Pacheco Creek water levels rose causing flooding to occur around the Lovers Lane area.

Four residents are in temporary shelter at Veteran’s Hall.

The National Weather Service is predicting significant rainfall the rest of the weekend, with the majority of it on Sunday morning.

A flood watch will be initiated all weekend, and residents shall cooperate with first responders should the Creek water levels rise again.

If residents need immediate assistance, please call 911.

For any questions regarding the incident, please contact the San Benito County PIO, Louie Valdez, at 520-331-2856.

Updated information will be posted on the Office of Emergency Services Facebook page and distributed to local media.