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BEAR CREEK - MCKEE ROAD (MEEC1)
Latitude: 37.31º NLongitude: 120.44º WElevation: 187 Feet
Location: Merced County in CaliforniaRiver Group: San Joaquin
Monitor Stage: 17.0 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
2022
580
8.01
Dec 28, 2021
2021
1,860
12.25
Jan 29, 2021
2020
2,310
13.51
Apr 6, 2020
2019
2,650
14.60
Feb 4, 2019
2018
5,610
21.72
Mar 22, 2018
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - November 1956 to Present) - Ranked by Flow
1956*
9,500
22.90
Dec 25, 1955
2006
7,711
24.65
Apr 4, 2006
1958
7,400
16.90
Mar 16, 1958
1965
5,640
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Jan 7, 1965
1973
5,542
17.35
Feb 11, 1973
1962
5,380
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Feb 15, 1962
 * Possible backwater effect
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ302)
Today: Rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms until late afternoon, then rain showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms late in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

Tonight: Rain and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

Saturday: Rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers near 100 percent.

Saturday Night: Rain showers in the evening, then chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

Sunday: Partly sunny. Chance of rain in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday Night and Monday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Highs in the upper 50s.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

Tuesday through Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the lower 40s.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with chance of rain in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 60.
Impacts - E19 Information
16.0 FeetSouth Bike Path along Bear Creek floods downstream of G Street Bridge.
17.0 FeetStorm drains begin to back up. Street flooding occurs mainly north of Bear Creek Drive and east of M Street.
23.0 FeetBeechwood Subdivision and the trailer park along the southern end of Bear Creek Drive floods in addition to Applegate Park on the south side of Bear Creek Drive.
24.0 FeetThe water flows toward the low point of Cooper Drive; businesses begin to flood.
26.18 FeetFlood of Record - 01/10/2023. Water impacts the bottom of the M Street and G Street bridges. Water escapes its banks at E South Bear Creek Drive between Glen Avenue and Cameron Lane.
27.2 FeetThe 26.18 feet flood of record took water up to the top of the levee system at the north end of Morse Drive and Thurman Court. This levee system has since been raised to 27.2 feet.
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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 Joaquin Valley-Hanford 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.