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PAJARO RIVER - CHITTENDEN (AROC1)
Latitude: 36.90º NLongitude: 121.60º WElevation: 82 Feet
Location: Santa Cruz County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Central Coast
Monitor Stage: 25.0 FeetFlood Stage: 32.0 Feet

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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2016
4,050
19.82
Mar 14, 2016
2015
621
8.60
Dec 12, 2014
2014
182
5.17
Mar 1, 2014
2013
2,910
16.97
Dec 24, 2012
2012
633
8.10
Jan 21, 2012
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - February 1938* to Present)
1998
25,100
33.73
Feb 3, 1998
1956
24,000
32.46
Dec 24, 1955
1958
23,500
33.11
Apr 3, 1958
1955
21,500
32.20
Mar 11, 1955
1969
17,800
23.90
Feb 25, 1969
 * Missing data during 1939, otherwise record complete
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ529)
Rest of Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs around 70. North winds around 5 mph and Becoming west in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

Friday: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. North winds around 5 mph and becoming west in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Saturday Night through Tuesday: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday Night and Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the upper 60s.
Impacts - E19 Information
25.0 FeetSignificant scouring of cultivated lowlands near the Pajaro River can be expected.
28.0 FeetSome inundation of the lowest portions of agricultural areas along the entire Pajaro River can be expected. Some of the secondary roads in the Pajaro Valley near the Pajaro River will begin to flood.
29.5 FeetState Highway 129 between US Highway 101 and Watsonville is expected to flood in some areas. Moderate bank erosion and sediment deposition is expected along the entire Pajaro River.
32.0 FeetLevees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro are expected to be within half a foot from the top. Significant damage can be expected from bank erosion and sediment deposition along the entire Pajaro River. Transportation in the Pajaro Valley is expected to be difficult. Minor flooding is expected to occur along lower portions of towns along the Pajaro River.
32.5 FeetThe levees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro will be severly strained. People should keep alert and keep informed by local low enforcement of possible levee failure. Extensive damage can be expected with transportation becoming very difficult.
33.0 FeetExtensive flood damage can be expected throughout the Pajaro Valley, including portions near San Juan Bautista along the San Benito River. Travel in the Pajaro Valley will become near impossible. The levees along the Pajaro River will be in danger of being reached.
34.0 FeetDisastrous flood damage can be expected throughout the Pajaro Valley, which includes the towns of Pajaro and Watsonville. Disastrous flooding is expected near San Juan Bautista along the San Benito River and portions south of Gilroy near the Pajaro River. Transportation throughout the Pajaro Valley will become near impossible. Damage to roads and bridges can be expected.
35.0 FeetDisastrous flood damage can be expected throughout the Pajaro Valley, which includes the towns of Pajaro and Watsonville. Levees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro will be in danger of failing. Disastrous flooding is expected near San Juan Bautista and west of Hollister along the San Benito River. Disastrous flooding can be expected for portions south of Gilroy near the Pajaro River. Transportation throughout the Pajaro Valley will become near impossible. Damage to roads and bridges can be expected.
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This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS San Francisco Bay Area-Monterey Weather Forecast Office. Observations are preliminary and subject to change. River levels identified as "forecast" should be consistent with those contained in official NWS products. River levels identified as "guidance" have significant uncertainty due to future weather or reservoir regulation and are provided for planning purposes only.