“Don’t let your guard down,” the National Weather Service warned.
Authorities ordered residents to leave their homes in some areas Parts of Santa Cruz CountyAs well as Santa Barbara County, officials warned of flooding, mudslides and debris flows in areas left burned by wildfires five years ago.
In Watsonville, a farming town near Monterey Bay southeast of Santa Cruz, Andy Gonzalez, 69, is one of many under one. Mandatory eviction order Wednesday afternoon. But he said he had no plans to leave his home.
Already, a few days ago, there was a flood.
“It was good until New Year’s Eve,” he said. Then, at around 8 pm, the water overflowed and entered his house as mud. Mr. Gonzalez said she saw people in boats rescuing residents in her neighborhood, which is mostly elderly.
Since then, Mr. Gonzales has been cleaning up. As a new round of rain approached California on Wednesday, he helped shore up the neighborhood with sandbags as his relatives moved to a hotel.
“Everybody’s scared,” he said. “The place is like a ghost town.”
In one area of the Bay Area city of Richmond, local officials worked Wednesday to prevent a landslide. Mayor Tom Butt said a resident alerted him to some scarp and rock falling from a mountain on Tuesday, which was saturated and visibly cracked after days of rain.