Atmospheric River: Tracking live storm coverage throughout Merced

Atmospheric River: Tracking live storm coverage throughout Merced

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) — The storm surge hitting Central California has taken a toll on the North Valley.

Major flooding, including overflowing Bear Creek, has forced many schools to close along with evacuation orders.

The Merced County Emergency Operations Center opened a flood hotline to help affected residents. The hotline number is 209-385-7563.


Evacuation orders have been issued in Merced after a severe storm caused Bear Creek to flood.

Sheriff Vern Warnke issued an evacuation order for the entire community of Planada, which has a population of nearly 4,000 people.

Planada residents are asked to meet at Dollar General for bus pickup.

An order means that there is an immediate threat to life and that residents must leave immediately.

An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Merced County Fairgrounds for affected residents.

The water in Bear Creek was so high in Merced that it prompted evacuation orders in the following areas:

W. North Bear Creek DriveLa Cresenta AveLa Palma AveLa Mirada DriveWillowbrook DriveCorona CourtMarietta AvePortola WayMadrid I AveStoneybrook AveDry Creek CourtCreekside DriveSilver Creek CourtSpringfield CourtBrookside DriveShadowbrook DriveDriftwoods StreetW2est Street MM Street – from M to I StreetWest 28th Street – from M to I StreetCanal Street from 24th Street to West 28th StreetK Street from West 24th Street to West 28th East East South Bear Creek DriveWest 28th StreetWest 27th StreetWest 26th StreetWest 25th Street I from East Santa Fe to West 28th StreetH from East Santa Fe to West 28th StreetSanta Fe from G Street to 6th AveEast Street from Santa Fe to E. South Bear Creek4th Ave from Santa Fe to E. South Bear Creek5th Ave from S anta Fe to E. South Bear Creek6th Ave from Santa Fe to E. South Bear CreekMassasso StreetThurman DriveHarnisch DriveMorse DriveSydney LaneDewitt CourtDemoss CourtJurgensen CourtJurgensen Drive SCHOOL CLOSURES

The Merced City School District announced that all classes have been canceled Tuesday due to severe weather.

Several Merced County school districts also canceled classes.

You can view a map of areas under an evacuation order by clicking here.


First responders are urging residents to prepare for a severe winter storm expected to hit the Valley this week.

The heavy rainfall expected across California brings a chance of flooding in certain areas.

For a complete list of sandbag locations, click here.

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