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Flood efforts surge forward with another round of storms

With the community already rattled by the widespread damage from the January floods, city and county crews, along with state partners, appeared to have quadrupled their efforts to protect residents, homes and infrastructure as not one, but two, atmospheric rivers passed overhead in recent days. As of Wednesday morning, just before the Times…

Resilient Planada Starts To Rebuild

By JOHN MILLER & JONATHAN WHITAKER After two weeks of rescue efforts, searching for shelter and relying on emergency supplies from the outside, stunned and shaken residents of Planada are working together to rebuild their homes, businesses, and schools. They want their lives and their town back after the…

Work on Bear Creek intensifies before next storm

Editor’s note: This story is in progress, look for future updates. Skip Johnson has been sounding the alarm about one vulnerable stretch of Bear Creek in Merced for years.  After this week’s big flood in the region — and the threat of more storms in the days to come — the subject of his ongoing concern appears to be…