Evacuations underway in Santa Cruz County due to flooding

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(KRON/BCN) — Parts of Santa Cruz County Sunday morning experienced flooding brought on by several inches of rain in the area during the past 24 hours.

Santa Cruz County Communication Manager Jason Hoppin said in a statement heavy rains caused three major waterways to surpass flood stages.

The San Lorenzo River, with a flood level of 18 feet, peaked at 18.12 feet, Soquel Creek, with a flood level of 14.5 feet, peaked at 16.31 feet, and Corralitos Creek, with a flood level of 11.5 feet, peaked at 12.87 feet Sunday morning, Hoppin said.

River levels have started to subside, and the San Lorenzo River, Soquel Creek and Corralitos Creek are all back below flood levels, according to county officials.

The flooding caused evacuations for residents living west of Porter Street along Soquel Creek, in Felton Grove and at Paradise Park along the San Lorenzo River.

There were several structures impacted by the flooding, and several county roads were closed due to mudslides, floods or downed trees.

American Red Cross evacuation centers have been established at Jade Street Park in Capitola and at the Zayante Fire Station.

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