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Rain brings evacuations in California county

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Flooding hits county along California coast
  • Roads closed, homes damage in Santa Cruz

(CNN) -- A heavy rainstorm Thursday prompted evacuations along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, California, officials said.

Eventually, the evacuation order for several areas in Santa Cruz County affected about 1,700 homes, according to the county emergency operations center.

Various roads in the mountainous coastal county, south of San Francisco, were closed due to the flooding.

Police in nearby Capitola evacuated people living in two neighborhoods.

Melodye Serino, a spokeswoman for the county, told CNN that rains had stopped and it appears the river had crested.

The all-clear to return to homes was later given.

Footage from CNN Monterey affiliate KION showed downed power lines and limbs on homes.

Patsy Hernandez of local chapter of the American Red Cross said, "we are slipping and sliding around here."

Two shelters were established in Capitola and a gathering spot in Felton offered hot drinks and food.

The county issued a flash flood watch for the south end of its jurisdiction and the Red Cross will shift some of its resources to that area, said Hernandez.

CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.