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California floods after Pajaro River breaches

STORY: The floodwaters turn roads into waterfalls and leave people scrambling to move valuables to higher ground.

Floodwaters reached highway 1 just before 9:00 am/PST (1845GMT). Sunday (March 12) morning and within a few hours the north and southbound lanes were flooded forcing a full closure.

Early Saturday (March 11) morning, a 120-foot section of the Pajaro River levee broke a few miles north of the town of Pajaro. In a matter of hours, flood waters began to rise in the town. Nearly 2,000 people were ordered to evacuate, with rescue crews conducting more than 100 rescues.

Residents of Pajaro may have to wait months before they can return to their homes, according to local media reports.