San Benito County Office of Emergency Services would like to thank all who attended the community meeting last night and encourages those who were not able to attend to reach out to OES with any questions or concerns. OES would also like to thank everyone who has offered to help and donated goods and services for those affected by the recent floods.
Moving forward, OES will continue to gather information on the total impacts of the storm and will continue to assist resident through the recovery efforts from this major disaster. The county has proclaimed a local emergency due to the damages suffered from the past storm and in preparation for this upcoming round of rain. San Benito County has also called upon the Governor to proclaim a State of Emergency and to make available state funds. OES will continue to monitor the upcoming storm and with our partners remain ready to respond should to any flooding that may occur in our county. The major concern at this point is the Lovers Lane/San Felipe area of North County, however many other parts of the county also remain susceptible for significant impacts.
The National Weather Service is predicting 2.16” of rain to fall over the majority of the county between Wednesday, January 18 and Sunday January 23. At the Pacheco Pass area, the Weather Service is estimating 3.35-3.85” of rain.
The National Weather Service is also estimating that the Pacheco Creek is expected to reach 10.3 feet. The creek peaked at 18.9 feet during the previous storm and the flood stage is set at 12 feet.
OES is requesting residents who were impacted by the previous storm to fill out a brief survey to help us gather information regarding the damages caused by the storm. The survey can be found at: sanbenitorecovers.com.
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
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