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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
Issuance Time: Jan 26 2021 at 3:30 PM PSTNext Issuance: Jan 27 2021 at 9:00 AM PST
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
2019*
6,370
17.88
Feb 16, 2019
2018*
1,160
9.15
Mar 24, 2018
2017*
11,100
19.92
Feb 22, 2017
2016*
0****
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2015*
7
2.61
Dec 12, 2014
 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
 **** No flow observed during the entire water year
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ528)
Today: Rain. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight: Rain. Rain may be heavy at times in the evening. Lows in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph decreasing to 30 mph after midnight.

Thursday: Showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night: Rain likely. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Friday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of rain in the morning. A slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows around 40.

Saturday through Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the lower 40s.

Sunday Night through Monday Night: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the lower 60s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs in the mid to upper 50s.
Impacts - E19 Information
19.0 FeetMinor lowland flooding of agricultural land can be expected.
23.0 FeetA few farm 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 begins within the reach of the gage. River Road and Spreckels Boulevard begin to flood.
26.0 FeetModerate flooding of agricultural land and lower portions of Soledad, Gonzales, Chular, Spence and Spreckels. Primary and secondary roads begin to flood within the reach. Highway 68 begins to flood. Levees in danger of breaching along the reach. At least 20,000 acres of farm land inundated in the Salinas Valley.
27.0 FeetModerate flooding continues along reach. Approaches to river bridges within the reach begin to erode. Lower portions of Castroville begin to flood. Highway 156 near Castroville begins to flood. Flooding to Foster Road, 1 mile of Salinas.
28.0 FeetMajor flooding of agricultural land within the reach of the gages. Major flooding begins along lower portions of Soledad, Gonzales, Chular, Spence, Spreckels and Castroville. Water/sewage treatment plants in danger of being flooded. Many secondary and some primary roads inundated making travel difficult in the Salinas Valley. Highway 156 and 68 inundated and closed. Major damage to wide expanses of agricultural land in the Salinas Valley with 40,000 acres inundated.
29.0 FeetMajor flooding continues along the entire reach. Possible evacuations of Soledad, Gonzales, Chular, Spreckels, and Castroville. All roads to Spreckels inundated, isolating the town. US 101 inundated just north of Soledad. Highway 1 south of Castroville near Nashua Road begins to flood.
30.0 FeetDisastrous floding within the reach of the gage. Major damage to Southern Pacific Railroad near Castroville and Spreckels. Castroville residences and businesses from Merritt Street toward the Salinas River inundated. Disastrous flooding to farm land in the Salinas Valley, including severe damage due to erosion and sediment deposition. At least 100,000 acres inundated. Travel in the Salinas Valley near impossible. Water/sewage treatment plants flooded.
30.29 FeetFlood of record, March 12, 1995, 95,000 cfs. Disastrous flood damage to roads and agriculture land in the Salinas Valley. The city of Salinas in danger of being inundated, with the lowest portions of the city beginning to flood. Historical note: at least 2,000 acres of agricultural land were permanently destroyed by erosion and soil deposition by this flood of record.
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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.