Caltrans closes Highway 1 in Watsonville due to flooding

Highway 1 in the Watsonville area was closed in both directions Sunday morning due to flooding, officials said.Video player: Our latest forecast. The highway is closed between Salinas Road in Monterey County and Highway 129, also known as Riverside Drive, in Watsonville. Southbound traffic is being diverted onto Highway 129, the California Highway Patrol said. Northbound motorists are being detoured onto Salinas Road. Drivers in the area are asked to avoid non-essential vehicles. At this time there is no estimate as to when the road will reopen. The levee failed early Saturday morning, flooding Bajaro and neighboring properties in the Watsonville area. Water levels from the breach had not receded as of Sunday morning, said Nicholas Pasculli with Monterey County. Hundreds of people were evacuated over the weekend and more than 90 were rescued by first responders. No injuries or deaths were reported. Curtis Rhodes with Cal Fire said more residents were trapped as water levels continued to rise Sunday. His drone team was flying over Hudson Landing Road, which was clear last night but now completely immobile residents.

Both directions of Highway 1 in the Watsonville area were closed Sunday morning due to flooding, officials said.

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The highway is closed between Salinas Road in Monterey County and Highway 129, also known as Riverside Drive in Watsonville.

Southbound traffic is being diverted onto Highway 129, the California Highway Patrol said. Northbound motorists are being detoured onto Salinas Road.

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Drivers in the area are asked to avoid driving non-essential vehicles. There is no estimate yet on when the road will reopen.

The dam failed early Saturday morning, causing flooding in Pajaro and neighboring areas in the Watsonville area. Water levels from the breach had not receded as of Sunday morning, said Nicholas Pasculli with Monterey County.

Hundreds of people were evacuated over the weekend and more than 90 were rescued by first responders. There were no injuries or fatalities.

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As of 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Calfire drone footage showed the levee breached as water levels continued to rise.

Curtis Rhodes with Cal Fire said more residents were trapped as water levels continued to rise Sunday. His drone team was flying over Hudson Landing Road, which was clear last night but now completely immobile residents.

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