Atmospheric River: Tracking live storm coverage across Merced

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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

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:

  • W. North Bear Creek Drive
  • Avenida La Crescenta
  • Avenida La Palma
  • La Mirada road
  • corona court
  • Avenue Mariette
  • Portola Way
  • avenue madrid
  • Stoney Brook Avenue
  • Dry Creekside Drive
  • Silver Creek Court
  • springfield courthouse
  • brookside drive
  • shadowbrook drive
  • Driftwood Drive
  • crystal springs avenue
  • 2500 N. Hwy 59
  • Cooper Ave from Ashby Road to HWY 59
  • CLOSING OF SCHOOLS

    Many Merced schools will be open on Wednesday, but the following will remain closed:

  • McSwain Union Elementary SD
  • Elementary Glide SD
  • Le Grand High SD
  • You can see a map of the areas under evacuation order by clicking here.

    SANDBAGS

    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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