Attention continued to focus on the massively flooded farming community of Pajaro, in unincorporated Monterey County, near Santa Cruz County, when a second atmospheric river moved through the Bay Area on Tuesday, bringing more heavy rain and winds.
A breach of a fee caused the flooding and left thousands of people homeless and out of work. Many of the affected residents are farm workers picking strawberries in fields that are now under water.
Here are some ways to help:
—The Monterey County Community Foundation established a “Storm Relief Fund”. Donations will provide emergency assistance and relief through non-profit organizations such as food, shelter and financial assistance. Donations also help support first responders and other recovery efforts and are tax deductible.
—The Santa Cruz County Community Foundation is also accepting donations for flood victims.
—Financial donations that will go directly to farmers can be sent through a donation page for the Center for Farming Families.
—A GoFundMe page providing direct help to the community was seeking $200,000 in donations. It reached nearly $9,000 at 9am on Tuesday.
—Second Harvest Food Bank at 800 Ohlone Pkwy was looking for volunteers to help with food sorting. People were invited to sign up first using this link.
—Donated items can be taken to the Raíces y Cariño center at 1205 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville. The center is open until 17:00 from Monday to Friday.
— Feminine hygiene products, diapers, baby wipes, blankets, bath towels, new socks and underwear are among the most needed items. Those in need of help are also low on bottled water, kids’ arts and crafts, and gently used clothing. Food donations are pre-packaged and non-perishable.