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Storm cleanup, concern in Aptos, Capitola as Santa Cruz County braces for more rain

Storm cleanup, concern in Aptos, Capitola as Santa Cruz County braces for more rain

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CAPITOLA, Calif. (KGO) — The city of Capitola is still reeling after big waves ravaged its popular village and wharf.

Though clean-up efforts are underway, the area is also bracing for more rain and the associated damage.

Chain link fences in the village were erected to protect the shops overlooking the ocean, which are still too dangerous to enter.

Patrick Lynn, who owns one of those businesses, Bay Bar and Grill, shared a video showing the damage the waves did inside.

“I was like, ‘Friday night I’ll go in and work,'” Lynn said, reflecting on his thoughts as he first caught up on Friday morning. “Not only won’t that happen, it probably won’t happen now, maybe ever.”

Lynn told us the nightmare began when he received a call from a friend just after 8:30am on Thursday to say the village was flooded.

What he saw when he arrived was unimaginable.

“Everything blew out my back windows from the waves coming into the bar like,” he said, “that’s never happened before.”

The damage to Patrick’s building was so severe that he received a yellow plaque from the city, meaning he needs special permission from the Construction Department to enter. Some companies have it worse with red badges, meaning owners are not allowed to enter until an engineer can inspect.

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Not even Capitola’s famous Venetians were spared.

The colorful houses helped make the city a landmark.

Rescuers were working to clean up the area.

Janelle Cox says the unit she owns has been in her family since the ’70s.

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She’s been saved from some of the worst cases, but the neighbors weren’t so lucky.

“The Venetians took a lot of damage along the front,” said Cox, “the units along the front, we had someone’s doors blown up whole, one of the buildings in front was blown up.”

The other devastation that has garnered national attention was Capitola Wharf, the pier split by Thursday’s waves, access to shops at the end of which is closed for now, although the city says the full damage assessment of that area will have to wait .

“The priority is getting our residents and businesses back on track,” said Capitola Police Chief Andy Dally.

Lynn, like other affected business owners, is unsure how or if it will get going again.

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“The next phase of my life starts today,” he said, “what do you do when you’ve lost your purpose? You know, everything you’ve been working toward?”

The Capitola City Council voted Friday to ratify its local declaration of emergency, something they say will expand their resources and potentially bring in state and federal assistance.

Elsewhere, Seacliff State Beach in Aptos remained littered with logs and debris, with plenty of work and worry ahead of us.

Resident Ginna Holcombe told ABC7 News: “Well there isn’t a beach left. So you’re worried there’s a free shot at what’s left, you know? I mean look at this. This is heavy stuff.”

An early county estimate put the widespread damage at $10 to $15 million.

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“Now with this additional storm surge, we expect it to likely more than double,” said Deputy County Administration Officer Melodye Serino.

The storm destroyed part of Seacliff Pier and the popular cement ship was damaged and is now a long way off.

“We used to go out to the end,” said local resident Mark Folsom, describing how the pier allowed visitors to spot pelicans and other birds on the ship. “Now you won’t go anywhere near her.”

Across the county, 21 roads remain closed, according to Serino. This included a section of Aptos Beach Drive where ABC7 News noted significant flooding.

Local residents said Friday they were glad to finally have power back. They also shared their shock at the aftermath of the storm.

Vanessa Biaggi said: “It’s amazing how bad it looks.”

“It’s just so sad, you know, it’s crazy,” Jesse Turner described. “I don’t know if there was really a way to prepare for it.”

Resident brother Lou said: “The waves were at least 30 feet high. And the tide, right now, as we speak…is, oh, it’s the widest I’ve ever seen. And I’ve just never seen anything like this.”

Local residents are wondering how much rain the area can withstand and how long it will take to rebuild.

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“I can’t predict that at this point,” said the county’s Serino. “We don’t know what will happen after this sentence, which is predicted for Sunday, Monday.”

“I think we should be prepared for a tough winter,” she said.

Away from the beach towns, the county is a reminder that there is widespread storm damage and many people are struggling in the wake of the storm.

“It’s really easy to forget that a whole bunch of other more vulnerable areas were also affected by the storms,” ​​Serino told ABC7 News. “This adult village in South County was badly hit on New Year’s Eve, other places in the mountains. Of course, we have a very large homeless population in Santa Cruz County that suffers. So try to remember that everyone is affected and be nice to each other.”

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