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SALINAS RIVER - SPRECKELS (SPRC1)
Latitude: 36.63º NLongitude: 121.67º WElevation: 21 Feet
Location: Monterey County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Central Coast
Monitor Stage: 20.0 FeetFlood Stage: 23.0 Feet

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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2015*
7
2.61
Dec 12, 2014
2014*
29
2.62
Oct 2, 2013
2013*
1,020
9.42
Dec 25, 2012
2012*
222
5.96
Jan 25, 2012
2011*
12,300
20.14
Mar 26, 2011
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Oct 1929 to Present)**
1995*
95,000
30.29
Mar 12, 1995
1969*
83,100
26.51
Feb 26, 1969
1938
75,000***
25.00
Feb 12, 1938
1983* 63,000 23.44 Mar 3, 1983
1978* 57,400 22.66 Feb 11, 1978
* Discharge affected by regulation or diversion
** Most recent continuous record back to Oct 1929 with segmented periods back to Jan 1900
*** Highest flow since regulation by Santa Margarita Lake began in 1941
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ528)
Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph decreasing to around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the upper 60s salinas valley and in the mid 80s hollister valley. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph and becoming 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Wednesday: Cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the 60s to mid 70s. Northwest winds around 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s.

Friday through Sunday Night: Mostly clear. Highs in the 60s to upper 70s. Lows in the lower 50s.

Memorial Day: Sunny. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.
Impacts - E19 Information
19.0 FeetMinor lowland flooding of agricultural land can be expected.
23.0 FeetA few residences will begin to flood near the Salinas River along the reach of the gage. River Road will begin to flood near Spreckels.
24.0 FeetSignificant flooding of the lowest portions of agricultural land can be expected along the lower portions of the Salinas River. River Road and Spreckels Boulevard will begin to flood.
26.0 FeetModerate flooding along lower portions of Soledad, Gonzales, Chular, Spence, and Spreckels can be expected. At least 20,000 acres of farm land may become inundated in the Salinas Valley. Levees along the lower Salinas River will be in danger of breaching. Some primary and secondary roads along the Salinas River begin to flood. Highway 68 is forecast to become inundated.
27.0 FeetThe lower portions of Castroville will begin to flood. Flooding can be expected to Foster Road, 1 mile south of Salinas. Highway 156 near Castroville will begin to flood. Many secondary roads will be inundated in the Salinas Valley. Major flood damage to agricultural land in the Salinas Valley.
28.0 FeetMajor flooding is expected along lower portions of Soledad, Gonzales, Chular, Spence, Spreckels, and Castroville. Major damage will occur to wide expanses of agricultrual land in the Salinas Valley with at least 40,000 acres possibly inundated. Many secondary and some primary roads in the Salinas Valley will become flooded making travel difficult. Highway 156 and Highway 68 will become inundated and impassable. Water/Sewage treatment plants along the lower Salinas River will be in danger of becoming flooded.
29.0 FeetAll roads just south and west of Spreckels will become inundated. US 101 is forecast to flood just north of Soledad. Highway 1 just south of Castroville near Nashua Road is forecast to become inundated. Major damage to roads, agricultural land, and homes in the Salinas Valley will be experienced.
30.0 FeetDisastrous flooding will occur within the lower Salinas Valley. The city of Salinas will be in danger of becoming inundated. Most of Castroville is expected to experience flooding. All roads near the Salinas River will be inundated, making travel impossible. Disastrous flooding will occur to wide expanses of agricultural land in the Salinas Valley with at least 90,000 acres possibly inundated.
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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.