Officials knew Pajaro levee could fail

For years, experts had been warning Monterey and Santa Cruz County that the levee along the Pajaro River could fail.
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Before epic flood, officials knew Pajaro levee could fail

Officials have known for decades that the Pajaro River levee that failed this weekend — flooding an entire migrant town and trapping scores of residents — was vulnerable but never prioritized repairs in part because they believed it did not make financial sense to protect the low-income area, interviews and records show.

The levee was built in 1949 and, according to a 2021 Army Corps webpage summary of the system, "no longer provides the designed level of protection."

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Calls for travel advisory about fentanyl in pills at Mexican pharmacies

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