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MAD RIVER - ARCATA (ARCC1)
Latitude: 40.91º NLongitude: 124.06º WElevation: 13 Feet
Location: Humboldt County in CaliforniaRiver Group: North Coast
Issuance Time: Dec 20 2014 at 9:09 AM PSTNext Issuance: Dec 21 2014 at 9:00 AM PST
Monitor Stage: 15.0 FeetFlood Stage: 22.0 Feet
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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2013
42,500
22.67
Dec 2, 2012
2012
21,000
16.65
Mar 30, 2012
2011
30,700
19.56
Dec 29, 2010
2010
14,000
13.97
Feb 26, 2010
2009
13,500
13.62
Feb 23, 2009
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Aug 1950 to Present)
1964
81,000
30.70
Dec 22, 1964
1956
80,000
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Dec 22, 1955
1953
75,000
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Jan 17, 1953
1996
54,700
24.17
Dec 30, 1995
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ001)
Today: Rain. Rain may be heavy at times. Highs 51 to 61. South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight: North of orick and rain. South of orick and rain in the evening and then rain likely overnight. Near steady temperature in the lower 50s. Rain may be heavy at times in the evening. South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Rain north of orick and chance of rain south of orick. Highs 53 to 63. Southwest wind up to 10 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers. Lows 46 to 56. West wind around 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers. Highs 54 to 64. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows 43 to 53.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Highs 54 to 64.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of rain. Lows 42 to 52.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain. Highs 51 to 61.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers. Lows 38 to 48.

Christmas Day: Partly cloudy. Chance of rain showers. Highs 48 to 58.

Thursday Night and Friday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers. Lows 35 to 45. Highs 49 to 59.
Impacts - E19 Information
15.0 FeetMinor flooding begins on the Mad River Beach Road near Tyee City.
18.0 FeetMinor flooding on Mad River Beach Road near Tyee City.
21.0 FeetFlooding of Mad River Beach Road. Water may be flowing over roads to Tyee City. Flooding will be enhanced if the time of the crest is coincident with high tides and strong onshore winds.
22.0 FeetSignificant flooding of portions of Mad River Beach Road. Water may flow across roads to Tyee City. Flood impacts will be aggravated by high tides and strong onshore winds.
23.0 FeetSignificant flooding of portions of Mad River Beach Road and adjacent farm lands is likely. May cause water to flow across roads to Tyee City. High tides and strong onshore winds will aggravate flood impacts.
24.0 FeetExtensive flooding along Mad River Beach Road and adjacent farm lands. Some homes along the river could be threatened. Flooding of roads to Tyee City. High tides and strong onshore winds worsen impacts.
26.0 FeetSevere flooding along Mad River Beach Road and extensive flooding of farm lands and other roads in the area. Flooding of residential areas around Tyee City is likely. Any low-lying areas near the river could be flooded. Residents in these areas should be prepared to take appropriate action to protect lives and property.
28.0 FeetSevere flooding of all low-lying areas near the river from Blue Lake downstream to the mouth. Residents in these areas should be prepared to protect lives and property. This includes residential areas of Tyee City and the Arcata Bottoms, US Highway 101 near Janes Road, areas near Giuntoli Lane, and Mad River Beach Road.
30.0 FeetExtensive, severe flooding of all low-lying areas near the river from Blue Lake downstream to the mouth. Residents in these areas should be prepared to take appropriate action to protect lives and property. Critical locations include residential areas of Blue Lake, Tyee City and Arcata Bottoms, as well as US Highway 101 near Janes Road and areas near Giuntoli Lane.
32.0 FeetDisastrous flooding of all areas near the river from Blue Lake to the mouth. The river is forecast to approach record levels. All roads in the vicinity of the river are likely to be inundated and travel will be severely restricted. Residents should be prepared to take appropriate action to protect lives and property. This would include homes in Blue Lake, Tyee City, and the Arcata Bottoms, as well as US Highway 101 between Arcata and McKinleyville.
33.0 FeetDisastrous flooding of all areas near the river from Blue Lake to the mouth. The river is forecast to exceed record levels. All roads in the vicinity of the river are likely to be inundated and travel will be severely restricted. Residents should be prepared to take appropriate action to protect lives and property. This would include homes in Blue Lake, Tyee City, and the Arcata Bottoms, as well as US Highway 101 between Arcata and McKinleyville.
Product Disclaimer

This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS Eureka 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.

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