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SALINAS RIVER - SPRECKELS (SPRC1)
Latitude: 36.63º NLongitude: 121.67º WElevation: 21 Feet
Location: Monterey County in CaliforniaBulletin Group: Central CoastRiver Group: Salinas/Pajaro
Issuance Time: Jun 16, 2024 at 8:45 AM PDT
Monitor Stage: 20.0 FeetFlood Stage: 23.0 Feet
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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.
Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ528)
Rest of Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 50. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Monday: Sunny. Highs in the 60s to upper 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming northwest 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 10 to 20 mph and becoming 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 80s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Juneteenth: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the 60s to mid 70s.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows around 50.

Thursday and Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s to mid 70s. Lows in the lower 50s.

Friday and Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 80s. Lows in the mid 50s.

Saturday and Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 70s to mid 80s. Lows in the mid 50s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 80s.