MERCED, California (KFSN) — The atmospheric river that hit central California had a big impact on the North Valley.
Major flooding, including the Bear Creek overflow, forced several schools to close along with evacuation orders.
The Merced County Emergency Operations Center opened a flood hotline to help affected residents. The number for the hotline is 209-385-7563.
Evacuation orders were issued in Merced as the intense storm caused Bear Creek to overflow along with major street flooding.
Sheriff Vern Warnke issued an evacuation order for the entire community of Planada on Tuesday, which has a population of nearly 4,000 people.
An order means there is an immediate threat to life and residents must leave immediately.
An evacuation shelter was created at the Merced County Fairgrounds for affected residents.
As of Tuesday night, evacuation orders were still in effect for the following areas:
CLOSING OF SCHOOLS
Many Merced schools will be open on Wednesday, but the following will remain closed:
You can see a map of the areas under evacuation order by clicking here.
Heavy rains expected across California bring a chance of flooding in certain areas.
For a complete list of sandbag locations, click here.
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