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Posted on: January 17, 2023

All Merced County Evacuation Warnings Lifted, Focus Shifted to Recovery


Today, Sheriff Vern Warnke lifted the final flood evacuation warnings for Merced County.

While there are no remaining evacuation orders or warnings in unincorporated Merced County, various road closures remain in place. Those can be viewed on the County's Perimeter Platform.

While most of the storm system has moved through our area, the saturated ground will now lead to dense fog in the coming days. The public is asked to exercise caution when traveling. Similar to driving in the rain, always turn on headlights in the fog and reduce speed. Road crews are quickly repairing potholes that were opened up by the storm, but many remain and will be difficult to see in the foggy conditions.

The Merced County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated and will now be shifting to recovery as the storm system subsides. EOC partners are working with Cal OES, FEMA, and other local partnering agencies as they work to provide assistance to affected members of the community. More information on how residents can best receive assistance will be made available soon.

FEMA has been out in impacted communities throughout Merced County conducting damage assessments and surveying impacts. If a FEMA representative visits you at your home or business, please be aware that they will carry official identification. Residents are encouraged to ask any FEMA representative for their official badge, which shows the representative's name, photo, and possibly an ID number. A FEMA badge example is included below. FEMA representatives conducting inspections will never ask for money.

Sample FEMA Badge

Sandbags will remain available throughout the County. See Sandbag Locations for more information. To sign up for Merced County emergency alerts, visit the Merced County Emergency Notification System webpage.

Residents are encouraged to follow Merced County and the Merced County Office of Emergency Services (linked below) on social media for continued updates.

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Follow “Merced County” and the “Merced County Office of Emergency Services” on social media for future updates.

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