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Red Cross Santa Cruz Stretched Thin

After a string of disasters, the American Red Cross of Santa Cruz is trying to recover from the costs. They said March was one of their worst months since the earthquakes of 1989.

Usually the chapter spends about $5,000 a month helping disaster victims in Santa Cruz and San Benito County. In March, they spent $19,000. On top of the tsunami waves that hit the Santa Cruz Harbor and the floods in Capitola, they were dispatched to five different fires and a number of mud and landslides.

Typically, they pay for temporary housing for three days, but because of the severity of some of the events, they housed people for up to a week and a half. In Capitola alone, they are helping 23 people.

The chapter is now asking for your help. If you can donate your time or money, call them at 831-462-2881 or visit their website at www.sccredcross.org.

They also have free orientations every Thursday at 2:00PM at 2960 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz.

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The City continues to work on the installation of pipe in Noble Gulch Creek.  Replacement pipe is expected to arrive this afternoon.  Construction activity will occur around the clock with every effort to install the pipe prior the arrival of forecasted precipitation on Saturday.  No firm estimate is available at this time of when pipe repairs will be completed.

Beginning this afternoon, Bay Avenue from Rosedale Avenue to Monterey Avenue will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  The duration of the closure is unknown at this time.  Traffic is being diverted to Park Avenue and thorough Capitola Village.  The Capitola Police Department will be directing traffic as necessary

In the Capitola Village, the City is requesting that all construction debris be brought to dumpsters that have been strategically positioned in the Capitola Village.  City crews will not be transferring material left at the curbside to dumpsters. 

Woman Falls Down 40 ft Embankment

Woman Falls Down 40 ft Embankment

Emergency crews are responding to reports of a woman who fell down an embankment near McGregor Drive and Estates Drive.

The woman fell down the 40ft embankment sometime early Wednesday afternoon while she was out walking her dog near the railroad tracks.




Capitola Village Flood Cleanup

Business owners at Capitola Village spent the day cleaning out the flood mess. They piled soaked carpet and ruined merchandise onto the sidewalk. "When we got in we just started digging out mud. People just came and offered to help and we started dealing with what we needed."

Joyce Murphy owns Pacific Gallery. Like many other business owners, she said the flood swiped away hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"I've got a whole back alley full of merchandise probably about ten thousand dollars in merchandise alone. I don't even know what's it going to cost for the carpeting and everything else," said Richard Bennett.

Some business owners expressed their frustrations and concerns at the city's emergency council meeting because they'll be out of business for weeks.

"We could have been warned. Maybe the problem wasn't fixed originally.

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Deputies: Aptos Woman Raped While Sleeping

Deputies: Aptos Woman Raped While Sleeping

One man is behind bars after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was asleep.

Deputies say that the victim met a 23-year-old Charles Lee Steppes, Jr. while she was out with friends in mid March. Stepps and the victim allegedly went to a house in Aptos, where the woman fell asleep.

The woman says that she woke up to find Steppes sexually assaulting her and forced Steppes to leave the house, deputies say. The victim called the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office to report the crime.

Friday Steppes was arrested for one count of rape of an unconscious person at his home in Monterey. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and his bail is set at $50,000.00.

It is unknown if Steppes may have done this in the past to others.  Anyone with information regarding this incident or any other is encouraged to call Sergeant Liberty at (831) 454-2311.

Push-Up Bikini For Kids, You Can Buy One at Abercrombie

Push-Up Bikini For Kids, You Can Buy One at Abercrombie

A push-up bikini top may not sound to racy, until you find out that it is for a 7-year-old. The Ashley Push-Up triangle bikini is in the current spring line for Abercrombie Kids.

As you can probably imagine, many parents are saying the swimsuit it too sexy for children.

Some experts also believe the clothing can even be dangerous, saying it gets young girls to think about themselves in sexual ways.

Abercrombie & Fitch released a statement saying it has removed the words "push-up" from the description of the top on its website. However, the padded tops are still available.

Fans of Central Coast News seemed to be split about what the think of a children's push-up bikini.

Felicia Nicole Cota wrote "provocative??? children Don't even know what that means! All they know is they look cute and feel cute. Is that so wrong?"

Ashley Ray wrote, "Looking CUTE is one thing...

San Lorenzo River Reaches Flooding Point, Evacuations Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the San Lorenzo River that is expected to last till 6:00 pm. The San Lorenzo River at Big Trees Gage location is now at flood stage of 18.3 feet .

The Santa Cruz Office of Emergency Service says that they have issued evacuations because the San Lorenzo River has reached the flooding point. 

The Siren system was activated at approximately 2:54 pm to evacuate approximately 224 homes along the San Lorenzo River. 

In addition, the Reverse 911 system was activated at approximately 3:25 to evacuate the areas of Felton Grove, Paradise Park and Gold Gulch.  The Reverse 911 system affected approximately 825 people.  The evacuation is not anticipated to last for an extended period of time.

A staging area has been established at the Safeway parking lot in Felton.  The Red Cross has been dispatched to the staging area.

Various roads a