Storm clean ups, repairs, and safety assessments are underway across the County after the massive amount of rainfall between January 9th and 10th. The Land Trust is monitoring several conserved properties and preserves in areas most affected by the flooding and debris flows of the storm, with initial information showing that drainage and native plant restoration in wetland areas performed well. Importantly, the Arroyo Hondo Preserve staff are safe and Preserve Manager John Warner shared a positive update on how the preserve fared during the storm:
While the creek flowed over the bridge at Arroyo Hondo Preserve, the adobe, barn, and the bridge are intact. The creek also went around and through the barn as it did the winter after the Alisal Fire, leaving a layer of sediment to remove but otherwise very little damage. The water also collected at the bottom of the orchard, looking much like a lake. As it has drained, silty sediment and mud remain. Thankfully the creek did not overflow its banks on the adobe side. When it is safe to cross the creek, likely in a few days, we will have a better report on the roads, trails, and other infrastructure to help us determine when it is safe to reopen the preserve for school visits and open weekends. Thank you for all of your well wishes and positive thoughts!
In the meantime, several days of drier weather are ahead. The next storm forecast is relatively mild without enough rainfall per hour to cause flooding or worse at the preserve and hopefully for the rest of the County.
Arroyo Hondo Preserve will remain closed through 1/23/23 due to creek conditions and trail safety.