Here’s what’s being done to repair the damage at Boulder Creek

Big Basin Water Company, a small private water utility, is struggling to keep pace with repairs after multiple storms left Boulder Creek residents without water for days — and for some, weeks. “Big Basin Water Company owner Jim Moore is a wonderful man. But there are a lot of problems with his water company,” said customer Bob Wolfe. A day after KSBW reported that 10 homes on China Grade Road were without water for more than two weeks due to storm damage, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District stepped in to help the Big Basin Water Company . And on Friday, SLV installed a pump and another emergency water line for a 10-home neighborhood off Branson Ranch Road after several trees cut the water line. “That’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going to help our neighbor,” said SLV COO Rick Rogers. According to Rogers, Big Basin Water has struggled for years with limited resources, funding and staff, with just two employees. A California State Water Resources Control Board spokesperson said Big Basin Water’s infrastructure was overdue for upgrades and violated state standards. Rogers says Big Basin’s problems were exacerbated by the CZU Lightning Complex fire in 2020. Lost their office – all their files,” Rogers said. Meanwhile, power continues to be an issue in the Santa Cruz Mountains. According to a Santa Cruz County spokesperson, PG&E crews are stranded by road damage. In Boulder Creek, several roads were still closed Friday, including parts of Highway 9, China Grade and Bear Creek Road. The past few weeks have been exhausting for the Boulder Creek Fire Department, Fire Chief Mark Bingham said. According to Bingham, due to multiple road closures, emergency response time is extended. CAL Fire assists by automatically answering emergency calls. “Realize that it takes us a long time to reach them and give them service. Realize that we are doubling our average number of 911 calls, which means that firefighters are tired. That means their rest cycles are diminished It means they’re ‘I’m hungry, maybe even hungry, and we hope people can be patient and understanding,” Bingham said. According to a Santa Cruz County spokesperson, road damage is estimated at approximately $40 million countywide. The county hopes to complete a full damage assessment by the end of January.

Big Basin Water Company, a small private water utility, is struggling to keep pace with repairs after multiple storms left Boulder Creek residents without water for days — and for some, weeks.

“Big Basin Water Company owner Jim Moore is a wonderful man. But there are a lot of problems with his water company,” said customer Bob Wolfe.

A day after KSBW reported that 10 homes on China Grade Road were without water for more than two weeks due to storm damage, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District stepped in to help the Big Basin Water Company .

And on Friday, SLV installed a pump and another emergency water line for a 10-home neighborhood off Branson Ranch Road after several trees cut the water line.

“That’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going to help our neighbor,” said SLV COO Rick Rogers.

According to Rogers, Big Basin Water has struggled for years with limited resources, funding and staff, with just two employees.

A California State Water Resources Control Board spokesperson said Big Basin Water’s infrastructure was overdue for upgrades and violated state standards.

Rogers says Big Basin’s problems were exacerbated by the CZU Lightning Complex fire in 2020.

“They lost just about everything above ground. They lost their water treatment plant, a considerable number of supply lines and smaller reservoirs. They suffered a considerable amount damage. They lost their office – all their files,” Rogers said.

Meanwhile, power continues to be an issue in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

According to a Santa Cruz County spokesperson, PG&E crews are stranded by road damage.

In Boulder Creek, several roads were still closed Friday, including parts of Highway 9, China Grade and Bear Creek Road.

The past few weeks have been exhausting for the Boulder Creek Fire Department, Fire Chief Mark Bingham said.

According to Bingham, due to multiple road closures, emergency response time is extended.

CAL Fire assists by automatically answering emergency calls.

“Realize that it takes us a long time to reach them and give them service. Realize that we are doubling our average number of 911 calls, which means that firefighters are tired. That means their rest cycles are diminished It means they’re ‘I’m hungry, maybe even hungry, and we hope people can be patient and understanding,” Bingham said.

According to a Santa Cruz County spokesperson, road damage is estimated at approximately $40 million countywide.

The county hopes to complete a full damage assessment by the end of January.

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