Morgan Hill Campground Evacuated Over Flood Fears

The Bay Area’s wet winter has increased the water in the reservoirs but it has also increased flooding concerns, prompting one campground in Morgan Hill to evacuate its guests.

Located just southeast of the Uvas reservoir on a low lying road, Thousand Trails Campground was feared to be at risk of flood if water overflows out of the 280-acre artificial lake, according to operators.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District said it warned the campground last week that the Uvas Reservoir may spill and make the campground’s access road inaccessible. 

The spokesperson for the Thousand Trails Campground didn’t say how many people were asked to evacuate, but said guests were given the opportunity to relocate to another campground in San Benito County.

Thanks to recent storms, Uvas and Almaden reservoir in San Jose are at capacity, according to the district. Santa Clara County has 10 resevoirs in total they are at 53 percent capcity.

“Our ground water is looking really good right now and that’s why our recharge basins are dry because of groundwater is doing really well,” Colleen Valles with the Valley Water District said.

Vasona reservoir in Los Gatos is near capacity at 97 percent. Lexington resevoir is Los Gatos is at 70 percent capacity and Anderson reservoir in Morgan Hill is at 65 percent, according to the water district.

With Friday’s incoming rainfall, the district could release water from six of the reservoirs.

Kris Sanchez, Marianne Favro and Kiki Intarasuwan contributed to this report.

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