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2023 Flooding Archive

Posted on: January 10, 2023

Merced County Opens Flood Hotline Amidst Increasing Storm Impacts

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The Merced County Emergency Operations Center rolled out a flood hotline today to help residents impacted by the current storm system.

The number to the hotline is (209) 385-7563.

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. 

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

Additionally, anyone who would like to assist through donations can make financial contributions through the United Way of Merced County at (209) 383-4242 or email Janet Kasper at [email protected].

At this time, residents are asked to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. Major flooding is occurring along local roads and highways, and first responders are working diligently to protect public safety and property. Always follow emergency signage.

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

Sandbags will remain available throughout the County. See Sandbag Locations for more information. To sign up for Merced County emergency alerts, visit the Merced County Emergency Notification System webpage. Further details about the current storm system, including alerts and safety information, is available at the National Weather Service’s website listed in the resources below.

Additional Resources:

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