Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (CA) Flooding from Central Coast to Southern Sierras

Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2023 14:18:05 EST

Summary: Storm causes flooding from the Central Coast to the Southern Sierras

More precipitation fell over much of California over the last 24 hours, with the highest precipitation along the central coast of California between Monterey and Santa Maria. Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, Tulare, and Sonoma Counties. Residents in multiple areas have been evacuated. Levee breeches were reported on the Pajaro River and in Cutler, and streams flooded roadways and residences. A section of road was washed out in Soquel. Many reservoirs are releasing water to add capacity.

Most streamgages throughout the state are at high flows. Currently, the Salinas River nr Bradley is in moderate flood stage, and many others are at high stages. Four streamgages were damaged yesterday due to flooding.

Today, 10 crews of 19 staff are measuring and repairing accessible streamgages in the central coast, the San Joaquin River, and the Tuolumne River.

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