Thursday, February 14, 2019

UPDATE: Eel River Forecast to Exceed Flood Stage This Afternoon

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 10:09 AM

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When one road closes another opens here in Humboldt as the winter weather pattern continues.
According to the county, Ishi Pishi Road is now open without restrictions but Cannibal Island Road is “marked as flooded.”

"Prolonged periods of rain are causing flooding throughout Humboldt County," a county road update states. "Expect flooded roads especially in low lying areas."


The Eel River at Fernbridge is expected to exceed flood stage by early this afternoon, according to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services.

The National Weather Service’s flood watch for the region remains in effect until 4 p.m.
According to OES, the Eel River at Fernbridge is forecast to reach the 20-foot mark at 2 p.m., cresting at under 22 feet later tonight.

“Highway 211 is not anticipated to close,” an OES Tweet states. “Livestock should remain on high ground.”

For the latest weather information about specific locations, visit To monitor river conditions, visit NOAA's Calfornia Nevada River Forecast Center website here.

The Flood Watch advisory from the NWS:
* A portion of northwest California, including the following
areas, Mendocino Coast, Northeastern Mendocino Interior,
Northern Humboldt Coast, Northern Humboldt Interior,
Northwestern Mendocino Interior, Southeastern Mendocino
Interior, Southern Humboldt Interior, Southwestern Humboldt,
and Southwestern Mendocino Interior.

* Until 4 PM PST this afternoon

* Moderate to heavy rain is expected through this afternoon.
Additional rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected, with
localized higher amounts. Snow melt may also contribute added

* Rapid rises on small rivers and creeks, along with mud and
rock slides or debris flows in the vicinity of recent burn
scar areas are possible with heavy rain. Some main stem rivers
are also forecast to reach flood stage. Ponding of water on
roadways will also be possible.

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