2023 Flood Resources and Information

The Merced County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on January 4, 2023 in anticipation of likely flood events in Merced County. Since that time, the EOC has provided numerous updates via press releases on social media and our website. This page is a collection of resources provided in those press releases as well as a history of the press releases themselves.

Residents are asked to avoid flooded roads, remain clear of fast-moving creeks and rivers, and follow all emergency signage. When driving in the rain, always turn on your headlights. 

Turquoise Water Flowing Rapidly Over Riverbed Stones

Disaster Recovery Center at Merced County Fairgrounds

  • Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Located at the Sierra Hall at the Merced County Fairgrounds (900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced)
  • (Please note: This site was formerly located at the Yosemite Hall of the Fairgrounds. It has since been relocated to the Sierra Hall next door.)

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Planada

  • Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Located at the Planada Community Center (9167 Stanford Ave. in Planada)
  • (Please note: this site was formerly located at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Planada. The move is scheduled to be effective on Feb. 23, 2023, but may be delayed due to inclement weather.)

The hotline will connect residents with resources such as: 

  • Sandbag information; 
  • Flood evacuation warnings; 
  • Mandatory flood evacuation locations; 
  • Shelter locations; 
  • Road closures; 
  • Family reunification support; 
  • Additional flood resources. 
Photo of Stacked Sandbags

The hotline will be available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during the duration of the current flood event. After hours, a recording will direct callers to appropriate resources.

Merced County Emergency Operation Center's Perimeter App

Road closures, shelter sites, evacuation warning areas, and mandatory evacuation areas can be viewed on the Merced County Emergency Operation Center's Perimeter app. 

Press Releases

FEMA Fact Sheets and Resources