SANTA CRUZ (KPIX) — In a cruel, though natural, irony in the Santa Cruz Mountains — the storm-swollen San Lorenzo River has left way too much water outside homes at Paradise Park but no running water inside them.
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Homeowner Sandy Wilder collected runoff to fill his toilet tank until the water supply to his complex is restored.
“We had a bit of water yesterday morning,” Wilder said. “Then it completely ran out.”
Communities in the Santa Cruz area are grappling with the effects of another powerful storm that barreled through the area overnight, bringing with it drenching rain, mudslides, downed trees and power lines.READ MORE: San Mateo Deputies Arrest Man Suspected in Stabbing Attack With Wood Stake
Along the coast, heavy surf overturned part of the historic Cement Ship — the S.S. Palo Alto — at Seacliff State Beach.
The road by Stephanie Muccia’s Scotts Valley home washed out in the storm, cutting one half of the neighborhood off from the other.
“It’s really crazy. I haven’t seen anything like this on this road. It looks like a river and I feel bad for the people who live up the road,” Muccia said.
It will take time for residents here to dig themselves out from the storm damage but most say they see a silver lining despite the relentless wet weather.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Southbound Hwy 17 Lanes Cleared After Woman Jumps Off Pedestrian Bridge
“We’re pretty fortunate. Most of the trees are still standing and the complex has power. I think we’re pretty fortunate here,” Wilder said.