January 20 Press Release 2:00PM PST

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

Press Release – For Immediate Release 1/20/17 2:10PM

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

Mandatory evacuations are in place for residents on Lovers Lane, and San Felipe Road (from Shore Road to 156). Temporary shelter has been set up in cooperation with American Red Cross at the Veteran’s Hall at San Benito Street & 7th Street.

Small Pets can be taken to the Animal Shelter at 1331 South Street. Large and small livestock and poultry can be taken to Bolado Park Fairgrounds at 9000 Airline Highway.

The National Weather Services is predicting significant rainfall throughout the weekend. Sandbags are available at the San Benito County Yard at 3220 Southside Road.

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.

Jan 18 Press Release

Press Release

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

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

Proclamation of Existence of a Local Emergency (by Director of Emergency Services)

WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 833 of the County of San Benito empowers the Director of Emergency Services (County Administrative Officer) of the County of San Benito to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency when said County is affected or likely to be affected by a public calamity and when the Board of Supervisors is not in session; and

WHEREAS, the Director of Emergency Services of the County of San Benito does hereby find:

  • That conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property have arisen within said County in that commencing on or about 12:00 m.; on January 6, 2017, the following conditions exist:                                                                                                                                                       Month, Day, Year
Flooding in parts of the County due to heavy rainfall
There is a potential health concern to the residents of the flood effected area due to possible contaminated water


There is damage and potential damage to county owned infrastructure including bridges and roads


Conditions in various Creeks and River in San Benito County may require emergency flood fight activities and repairs


  • That the aforesaid conditions of extreme peril warrant and necessitate the proclamation of the existence of a local emergency; and


  • That the Board of Supervisors is not in session (and cannot immediately be called into session),
  • That the Director of Emergency Services is unavailable
  • WHEREAS, the effects of the storm are beyond the capabilities of the County of San Benito therefore the County is requesting that the Governor of the State of California Proclaim a State of Emergency for the County of San Benito and requests assistant including but not limited to California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA), Federal Individual Assistance Act, and US Small Business Administration disaster declaration.


NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED that a local emergency now exists throughout said County; and

IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that during the existence of said local emergency the powers, functions, and duties of the Director of Emergency Services and the emergency organization of this County shall be those prescribed by state law, the charter, ordinances, resolutions, and approved plans of the County of San Benito.


For Immediate Release                                     Contact:     Louie Valdez, Public Information Officer

12 January 2017                                                                 Tel: (520) 331-2856


(San Benito County) Out of an abundance of caution and due to recent flooding, San Benito County Officials are recommending that the homes residing within Lovers Lane, Frye Lane and San Felipe Road to Shore Road have the potential to for water contaminants to be present in individual well water systems which could include sewage runoff, agricultural runoff, pesticides, and other potentially hazardous materials.


It is advised for those residing in these areas:


  • Do Not Use: Water is unsafe for any purpose. Use alternative water source.


  • Do Not Drink: Use alternative water sources, such as bottled water, for drinking, food preparation, washing clothes, brushing teeth, or making ice.


  • Do Not Wash with this water: Water is not safe for bathing or washing clothes.


  • Do not let pets or livestock drink this water.


Boiling, freezing, filtering or letting water stand does not eliminate contamination.  


Water is being made available for all residents of the above listed areas initially via door to door delivery and will be made available and further water will be available at the Dunneville Café and Market 5970 San Felipe Road, between the hours 9am to 7pm.


San Benito County will update the affected areas as the situation progresses.


For additional information about directives in this alert or drinking water contaminants please call the Environmental Health Department at (831) 636-4035 during normal business hours or 831-636-4100 after business hours.
Health Alert:  Warrants immediate action or attention.

Health Advisory:  Provides information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.

Health Update:  Provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action.



Water Delivery

San Benito County Search and Rescue, OES, and Sheriff’s department are delivering potable water to residents of the affected area.