Evacuation Orders Issued For River Street In Salinas Over Particles Movement Threat – CBS San Francisco

SALINAS (BCN) – Heavy rains, expected Monday afternoon, prompted authorities to upgrade an evacuation warning for areas at risk from debris flows near River Road in Salinas, the authorities said.

The order is for Pine Canyon Road in Salinas, including Trimble Hill, Mesa Road, Manzanita Way, Wildwood Way, Redding Drive, Belmont Circle, and the southwest end of Berry Drive, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s office. The order also affects Limekiln Road and the 800 block of River Road in Salinas.

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The National Weather Service had previously issued a flash flood warning for the fire scarring areas of River Fire, Carmel Fire and Dolan Fire from 1:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Forecasters said heavy rainfall is expected to hit thresholds for increased risk of debris flow activity in the former fire areas, prompting the upgrade to an evacuation order.

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Debris streams are fast moving masses of mud, rocks, boulders, trees, and sometimes houses or vehicles. They move fast and are often fatal to those who get in their way. The only way to avoid debris flows is to get to safety from a debris flow event.

Properties downstream of the fire areas are at increased risk of flooding and debris flows. Local residents are asked to be vigilant and watch out for any land movement. Anyone concerned about security should leave the area and not wait for officials to tell them to, the sheriff’s office said.

Highway 1 is closed at Deetjens Big Sur Resort and Ragged Point. Resources and information on evacuating large animals are available from the SPCA Monterey County at (831) 646-5534.

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