We have been in touch with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and National Weather Service, regarding weather and road conditions in our area. Every morning (during storm season) Erik Slaughter, Director of Maintenance & Facilities, is out on the San Lorenzo Valley roads at 4:30am to determine the safety of holding school. The Transportation Supervisor, Sherri Lust, drives the routes in South Felton, Zayante, and Lompico to determine if roads are passable. The information is then passed along at approximately 4:45-5:00am for Dr. Laurie Bruton, SLVUSD Superintendent, and Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Christopher Schiermeyer to consider the following:
1) Can our buses run safely (road conditions conducive for safe transport)?
2) Can our parents get there without risking public or personal safety?
3) Is our staff able to get to school?
4) Is power on and can we serve students (sewer system-pump is electric, lunches for students, heat-depending on temps, and lights).
5) What do the experts in the fields of weather, roads, and safety say about expected and current weather patterns?
We consult the National Weather Service, local Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, Public Works, and often contact Caltrans directly to get current road information. Then we make a decision and ask ourselves, if these were our own kids, would we trust that it is safe to send them to school on the bus, car, and/or walking. We are teachers, administrators and most importantly, mom’s and dad’s, most of the time it is YES, a little rain, but roads are clear – “You all need to be in school.” However, SOMETIMES, the answer is NO, it is not safe on the roads and it would be better to keep kids, and families off of the roads.
It is not always a popular decision, and we never want to put an unnecessary burden or inconvenience on families. In every instance we have our kids’ best interest at heart. Each day is a new opportunity to serve students and families in San Lorenzo Valley. We take that responsibility very seriously and we are honored to do so.
-Laurie Bruton, Superintendent
FROM: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
|…A potent cold front will bring widespread, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the region on Thursday with a heightened potential for flooding and rock/mud slides…|
- This is the first dedicated briefing for Thursday’sstorm system.
- Overnight: Rainfall will generally remain for the remainder of the day and into the overnight hours, mainly focused on the North Bay and along the coastal ranges.
- Thursday :A cold front will push through the region bringing an additional 0.25″ to 1.25″ of rainfall to urban areas with 2.00″ to 4.00″ across the North Bay and along the coastal ranges. Isolated higher amounts will be possible. (Please see attached graphics for rainfall amounts and timing of heaviest rainfall.)
o Widespread flooding concerns on area creeks, streams and rivers.
o Heightened potential for rock/mudslides and shallow landslides.
o Wet roadways likely to result in hazardous driving conditions.
o Reduced visibilities and ponding on roadways during periods of moderate to heavy rainfall.
o Clogged storm drains and rain gutters will likely result in localized urban flooding.
o Keep in mind that minor coastal flooding will be possible due to excessive runoff during high tides.
- Southerly winds will increase overnight and become breezy to gusty Thursdaymorning and afternoon. Wind speeds of 15 to 30 MPH will be common across portions of the region with gust of 40 to 45 MPH likely in lower elevations near the cost. Higher elevations, especially along the coastal ranges from the Santa Cruz Mountains northward can expect wind gusts around 50 MPH. The strongest winds are likely to occur ahead of and along the frontal passage from Thursday morning into the afternoon hours.
o Winds this strong will likely result in downed trees and localized power outages.
o Difficult driving conditions are also likely in the higher elevations, especially for high profile vehicles and those pulling trailers/campers.
- Flash Flood Watchin effect for portions of the region.
- Wind Advisoryin effect for portions of the region.
- For all current watch/warning/advisories: http://1.usa.gov/1boSTTW
- Moderate to High on timing of system, rainfall amounts and wind speeds.
In wake of the atmospheric river that impacted the region earlier this week; a potent cold front will sweep through the region on Thursday. Rain will increase in coverage and intensity earlyThursday morning across the North Bay and then spread inland/southward across the entire region during the remainder of the day. The heaviest rain and strongest winds will occur just ahead of and along the frontal boundary with the highest rainfall totals likely across the North Bay and along the coastal ranges. Showers are then likely into Friday in wake of the frontal passage with drying conditions returning by the upcoming weekend.
- We are interested in what actions you may take as a result of this approaching storm system.
- We also request information on storm damage caused this system or issues related to flooding.
- Please send reports and photos by replying to this email message or by calling our office.
We here at the NWS will continue to provide email updates as the forecast changes.
For 24×7 information and support please contact:
Emergency Managers: (831) 656-1717 (unlisted)
Media: (831) 656-1724
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