Santa Cruz Tsunami Leaves “Live-Aboards” In Need Of Shelter

SANTA CRUZ (KCBS) – Some registered “live-aboards,” people who have made the Santa Cruz Harbor their home, are looking for a new place to live after losing their boats.

Jody Connelly lost his boat and home.

“I was living on U dock on my little 30-foot Sea Ray,” he said.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

The flooring contractor took a hit during the recession and living aboard the boat was part of his downsizing. Now all he has is his truck and the clothes on his back.

“I was on the dock as the first surge came through so I went up to high ground,” said Connelly. “By the time I got up to high ground, I was watching the whole dock and my boat just disappeared. I’m pretty bummed about it. It was a beautiful boat in perfect condition and it’s gone now.”

While Connelly does have insurance, he’s looking for assistance in finding a place to live.

Scott Sommers, the self-proclaimed “Mayor of U dock,” said his boat is still floating, though he’s not sure of the damage. Now, he’s trying to help the rest of the boating community.

“We’re housing some of the people that were ‘live-aboards’ in our house. We consoled everybody at a crab feed,” said Connelly.

He said a lot of the boats were tied together in a hurry and he’s hoping to spread them out and relieve pressure on the craft.

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