An aerial view shows a man navigating floodwaters with his bicycle in the unincorporated community of Pajaro in Watsonville, California, on March 11, 2023. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) An aerial view shows a man navigating floodwaters with his bicycle in the unincorporated community of Pajaro in Watsonville, California, on March 11, 2023. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) — California prepared for further flooding after officials on March 12, 2023, ordered the evacuation of residents along the Salinas River in Monterey County following deluges that forced the closure of coastal Highway 1 and roads in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The order comes after a levee breach along the Pajaro River in Monterey County on March 10, night inundated the farm town of Pajaro, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,000 residents in the agricultural region and leading the county to issue an unsafe drinking water alert for the area, as wells may be contaminated with floodwaters. California Governor Gavin Newsom extended the state of emergency to six counties, taking the total to 40, on March 12.

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