Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Eel River Crosses Flood Threshold, Record Rain Recorded

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2023 at 1:06 PM

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It’s official, rainfall totals recorded at the National Weather Service’s Woodley Inland office yesterday set a new record for the date at 1.54 inches, breaking the previous record of 1.28 inches set in 1980 and again in 2012.

Meanwhile, a flood warning remains in effect for the Eel River, which  hit flood stage early this morning at Fernbridge and is expected to peak at 23.1 feet before dawn tomorow. As of 11:15 a.m., the river was at 20.18 feet, just over the 20-foot flood threshold.

A special action statement has been issued that advises taking steps to protect livestock in low-lying areas, according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service.

Impact areas including Fernbridge, Scotia, Bridgeville, Fort Seward and Miranda.

At 22 feet, “the western half of the Eel Delta may be completely flooded, especially if at or above this level for an extended period of time,” including areas northwest of Loleta, Cannibal Island Road, the impact statement reads, while at 24 feet minor flood of State Route 211 into Ferndale can be expected while much of the Eel Delta may become flooded.

The NWS reminds drivers to turn around if they encounter a flooded road.

"Flooding is occurring or is imminent. Most flood related deaths occur in automobiles," the flood warning states. "Do not attempt to cross water-covered bridges, dips, or low-water crossings. Never try to cross a flowing stream, even a small one, on foot. To escape rising water find another route over higher ground."

Additional information is available at weather.gov/eka.

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