Dozens of homes in Santa Cruz County remain under mandatory evacuation Wednesday due to the threat of landslides and flooding caused by a powerful storm that struck the Bay Area Tuesday, county spokesman Chris Hirsch said.
The order remained in effect this morning for 50 homes along Eureka Canyon Road. An additional 12 homes are isolated due to road conditions and downed trees, Hirsch said. The impacted area is near where last year's Summit Fire burned.
At about 7 a.m., a mandatory evacuation order was lifted for about 60 homes along Swanton Road, from the Cheese House to the Old Seaside School. Residents who are returning are advised to be careful.
On Tuesday, mudslides and fallen trees shut down about 32 roads in the county. Road crews with the county's public works department today were evaluating the damage and working on roads that were hardest hit and that bear the most traffic. Roadwork is expected to last several days with the more impacted roads requiring additional time, Hirsch said.
The Boulder Creek Elementary School is the only school closed in the county today.
The American Red Cross has established a reception center at the Corralitos Community Center to provide residents with information and assistance regarding evacuations.
Residents who are concerned about potential damage to their property can call the planning department's public safety assessment line at 831-454-3171.