Update 5:27 p.m. Saturday: All flooding has been controlled through piped water diversion into Soquel Creek.
The Capitola City Council will have an emergency meeting Sunday at 1:30 p.m., where, according to an official release, the council "is scheduled to make an emergency proclamation." The meeting will be followed by a press conference.
Sand bags are available at City Hall for public use. Full damage assessment will be done on Monday.
“I am very proud of the coordinated response of emergency-safety personnel, public works and other agencies. I hope the worst is behind us," Mayor Dennis Norton said. "I know the city of Capitola will pull together during the upcoming weeks to help Capitola get back on its feet.”
Update 4:35 p.m. Saturday: Pedestrians are now being allowed past street barriers into the village. The area, however, still remains closed to automobile traffic.
Update 1:23 p.m. Saturday: As water continues to spill down Capitola Avenue, the area is still shut off to all residents.
“Our primary objective is reconstructing the pipe," city spokesman Derek Johnson said, referring to the same pipe that broke Thursday, which caused the continued flooding. "We need to get that back in operation. Last night the volume of water was … down to a trickle. This isn’t a huge watershed. The problem is, it’s so saturated, so any water that hits just sends out volumes of water like this.”
Residents have lined the bridges over Soquel Creek for the past couple of hours, many astonished at what they saw.
“It’s unbelievable to me, because I used to walk down this road to the Village to get dinner all the time. I’m glad I do not live there right now," said Joseph Spinelli, 31.
Ten-year-old Kyle Rajala, who was with his mother and father, Greg Rajala, called the flood "crazy."
"There's just too much water," he said.
Original Report: The resurgence of heavy rains Saturday morning brought Noble Gulch Creek back to flooding levels, just as they were Thursday. Thigh-high waters are said to be once again rushing through the Village.
According to an official release from the city of Capitola, crews working on clearing leftover creek debris from the last storm were forced to "abandon their equipment and take refuge on higher ground," when they could no longer work safely in the rising water levels.
All people, from residents to business owners to patrons, have been asked to evacuate Capitola Village until further notice, and the area is closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
According to city officials, the high flood waters may have inundated sewer systems, and water may be contaminated with harmful substances. People are being advised to avoid contact with flood waters.
Evacuees make take refuge at Jade Street Community Center and New Brighton Middle School, where the American Red Cross will provide supplies. The Red Cross can be contacted at 831-427-8115.