California’s Relentless ‘Atmospheric River,’ Levee Breaks Flood Central Coast Town, Rescues, 10,000 Ordered Evacuated

The near-continuous flow of moisture off the Pacific Ocean for the past few month and resulted in damaging and deadly tidal surges, historic snow fall in Southern California and now flooding, most near rivers.

Nearly 10,000 residents in Pajaro were urged to evacuate immediately after the levee along the Pajaro River broke at about midnight Saturday.

The unrelenting rain could last until Wednesday.

“My heart hurts tonight for the residents of Pajaro,” tweeted Luis Alejo, chairman of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. “We were hoping to avoid and prevent this situation, but the worst case scenario has arrived with the Pajaro River overtopping and levee breaching at about midnight,”

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