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OPINION: Medina thanks community for rallying after flood

Newly-seated county supervisor thanks first-responders, agencies and volunteers that have offered assistance

While the recent rains have been extremely beneficial for our water supply, they have also caused some havoc here in San Benito County.

In the North County area, approximately 50 homes and 108 people were evacuated. Fifty nine of these people were able to evacuate on their own, but 35 required assistance, and 15 were actually rescued by boat!

I would like to thank and commend the Sheriff’s Office, Operation of Emergency Services, Hollister Fire Department, CalFire, County of San Benito, City of Hollister, Red Cross, VFW, EMT (I am sorry if I left out a specific organization) and many more individuals that unselfishly took time to help out during this disaster. All agencies worked together as a team from 2 a.m. until late into the night. Thankfully, there were no injuries or fatalities during the flooding.

Additionally, I would like to specifically thank the San Benito County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team ( This tireless group, which is made up entirely of volunteers, spent numerous hours going into harm’s way to rescue stranded residents.

I was proud to see our community stand together and provide for the people in need. The flooding demonstrably brought out the best in our community, as residents came together to help neighbors.

If I can be of help to anyone that has been affected by the flooding, please contact me at 831-801-4784 or [email protected].

Mark Medina, San Benito County Supervisor, District 1

Mark Medina