New Voluntary Evacuations issued

From OES Manager:

Based on information received from the National Weather Service, and current conditions provided by the Monterey County Sheriffs office, the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is issuing a Voluntary Evacuation order for the areas of Big Sur from Pfeiffer State Park West to Andrew Molera State Park along the Big Sur river basin. This order will be in effect until 0800 hours tomorrow morning.

Big Sur River at 10′ and rising

5:30 pm – flow is now the second highest recorded, only behind the one in 1978.

Here is an interesting comparison of the state of the river from noon until 4:30. PHoto by Jeff Mallory


4:15 pm scanner reports log jam just broke free and debris flowing down river. Per Nadine Clark and Brendon Shave.

It looks like the river just past its high water mark from January 4.

10+ Feet and rising fast.


I just received this at 3:45 pm from MoCo OES

Lew Bauman ask that I respond back to you. This has been elevated to our OES Emergency Manager who is having discussions with our Resource Management Agency on what we can do or make happen quickly.
What would be helpful is if you can reach back to the resident(s) in that area and ask that they monitor things and call 911 if things start to digress and the situation presents itself as an immediate threat. We are concerned as they are that no one is caught in any kind of flooding or dangerous situation. They should obviously remove themselves from harm’s way if the situation calls for it.
We are working as fast as possible to get some resolution to this before the river gets to a dangerous level, i.e.: flood stage.
I tried to call, but as you stated cell service is spotty at best.
I’ll keep you advised as this moves forward and if you can assist us by acting as the conduit to the residents it would be greatly appreciated.

5 mins later I got an email saying they would not be doing anything during the storm. A few minutes after that, I got an email from Carl Holm saying he had contacted SP. I am also informed that Ken Wright has contacted State Parks to get local equipment out to pull the redwoods to the bank. At present the fallen trees are diverting the river against the west side of the riverbank, undercutting more ground beneath more redwoods likely to fall. He also said there are trees across the river by the PBS state park sewer plant.


Photos by Andrew Carlson

BigSur Kate, I just got off the phone with some of the residence that live near St. Francis church (by Fernwood) and they asked me to write you. There are 4 big redwoods that have fallen across the river there by the church blocking the river. The banks are eroding and tree size driftwood is building up on top of it. There are 4 more (even larger redwoods )that look like they may fall across that part of the river. These folks are worried that if this dams up even worse and then bursts it will flood everyone below.

Shoring up the homefront

After the elections, and after the floods, I looked back, and realized I had not posted any photos. Debbie sent me these. They were taken yesterday.

After the flood – clean-up and preparation at Debbie’s house. More great work by Blaze!

dscn0354These sandbags go all around the front and side of the house. I don’t know about the back.

dscn03551Sandbagging the house

dscn0349Setting up the berms