Pajaro residents brace for new storm system amid flood

Evacuated Monterey County residents are watching the sky nervously this morning as another storm system arrives in California.
Evacuated Monterey County residents are watching the sky nervously this morning as another storm system arrives in California. Photo credit KCBS Radio/Jennifer Hodges

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – Evacuated Monterey County residents are watching the sky nervously this morning as another storm system arrives in California.

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Residents of the flood ravaged town Pajaro are hoping for no additional storm damage. They were driven out of their homes on March 10 when a levee broke on the Pajaro River.

Kelsey Scanlon with Monterey County Emergency Services said they are evaluating when that community will be allowed to go home. "In every hour it's a new moving piece of a new piece of damage that needs to be repaired," she said.

During this storm system, it won't be raining cats and dogs, at least in Northern California. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brighton Murdock told KCBS Radio how much rain the region can expect.

"Santa Cruz mountains getting close to three to four inch range and the Bay Area proper, between half an inch to an inch, so not exactly a big rain event for it, but plenty of winds across the board," he said.

A high wind warning will last through 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile in the Sierra, another five feet of snow is forecast to fall, adding to what the Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab has called the second snowiest winter on record.

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