Can Merced prevent a repeat of January’s flood? City leaders say they’ve been preparing
Nearly a year after record rains brought devastating floods to the region, Merced leaders say they’re prepared in the event another large winter storm drenches the city. Merced City Manager Scott McBride recently updated the City Council on what preparations have been made to prevent a repeat of the flood that caused millions of dollars in damages and displaced many residents. McBride briefed the council on Dec. 18 at the request of Mayor Matthew Serratto. … On Jan. 9, fast-moving waters from Bear Creek rose to over 26 feet after a storm hit Merced County, causing property damage due to flooding in roads and homes. Just east of Merced, the community of Planada also was flooded, after the waters breached the banks of Miles Creek.