County: Pacheco Creek flooding causes evacuations

A house on Lovers Lane as the flood water receads Wednesday morning. Photo by Nick Lovejoy

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services Friday afternoon issued an evacuation for the Lovers Lane area.

A post on the office’s Facebook page reads “Evacuations taking place in Lovers lane). Avoid the area!”

The office sent out a press release Friday afternoon. It reads:

“At approximately 12:50 p.m. 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 (sic) Street.

“Small Pets (sic) 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 (sic) 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.”

Additionally, Supervisor Mark Medina contacted the Free Lance Friday afternoon about a possible second breach in the levee on the San Felipe Road side.

The second breach is currently unconfirmed. The county office of emergency services and Emergency Services Manager Kevin O’Neill were not immediately available for comment or confirmation of a second levee breach.

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