Authorities said there was a “strong possibility” that residents of the Monterey Peninsula would be cut off from the rest of the state as floodwaters along the Salinas River continued to rise on Thursday, January 12.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office urged people traveling into or out of the area to pack and prepare accordingly.
The office also issued evacuation orders for residents in the low-lying areas near the Salinas River on January 11.
Footage posted to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page on Thursday shows an aerial view of flooding along the Salinas River near Gonzales, California. Credit: Monterey County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful