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Flash Flood Warning, High Wind and Surf Advisories in Effect for City of Santa Cruz through Tuesday, February 21st

Post Date:02/20/2017 10:59 AM

SANTA CRUZ, CA — With a Flash Flood Warning, high wind and surf advisories in effect now through Tuesday morning, the City of Santa Cruz urges all residents and business owners in low-lying areas to be prepared for changing conditions that could result in localized flooding.

The City is closely monitoring the storm and advises all residents to stay alert and watch for updates on the City’s website and Facebook page. For those who have registered their cell phones, alerts will be issued by the Santa Cruz Regional 911 automated notification system.

To register for these and other emergency cell phone notifications, go to

Community members in Beach Flats, the Tannery, Paradise Park, near the San Lorenzo River Levee and in other flood-prone areas are strongly encouraged to be aware of changing conditions and be prepared to move to higher ground should flooding occur.

The City warns all community members to stay away from the San Lorenzo River Levee, ocean cliffs and other treacherous areas.

Information on free sandbags and a detailed storm preparation brochure can be downloaded in both English and Spanish from the City’s website.  Sand bags are available at the City’s Corp Yard and sand is available at Harvey West Park. 

For storm emergency situations, the City advises residents to call for help as follows: 

  • Threat to life and property: 911
  • Street flooding: (831) 420-5530
  • American Red Cross (831) 462-2881

The City’s website not only provides information on steps to take before the storm, but during and afterwards as well:


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