County: Monterey, CA | Disaster Type: Disasters, Extreme Cold & Winter Storm, and Severe Storm | Incident: California Winter Storm (01/2023) | Resource Type: Evacuation Information and Recovery Resources

Monterey County, California Winter Storm – Information for Returning After Flood

Evacuation orders in some Monterey County communities are lifting. Those permitted to return to evacuated areas are encouraged to proceed carefully.

If a yellow or red placard was placed on a structure on your parcel, please get in touch with the Housing and Community Development Department of Monterey County for assistance at (831)755-5025.

  • If your home was red tagged, your home is damaged and not safe to enter.
  • If your home was yellow tagged, people can go inside the unit, but it is unsafe to live in because of ongoing conditions like structural issues or lack of utilities.
  • Damaged homes and structures are not good places for small children or pets.

If your home or business was affected by the flood and has not received a red tag, you are able to work on cleaning and repairing any damage from flooding.

  • If work is needed on your home or place of business, use appropriate safety gear such as boots, rubber gloves, face masks, and goggles as the circumstances warrant.
  • Document every loss and expense. Take photos, keep receipts, and contact your insurance agent. –
  • Dry out if possible. Floodwater damages materials, leaving mud, silt, and contaminants that can promote mold growth. Throw away food and household items contaminated by flood water or wash and disinfect all household items that have come into contact with floodwater that can be saved.

Do’s and Don’ts for Post-Flood Clean-Up

  • Don’t push mud and debris back into the river.
  • Do spread mud and dirt over your property and cover it to prevent erosion. If you don’t have room on your property to pile or distribute mud/dirt, contact a contractor for removal.
  • Don’t start construction or land movement (grading) beyond mud and silt removal. You may remove the mud that came in from the floods but do not change the underlying landforms or build new walls and structures without first contacting Housing and Community Development.

If you recently experienced flooding in your home or business, visit for guides, documents and other resources.

If you are a renter and returning home after a flood please visit for potentially helpful information.