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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
2016*
0****
--
--
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
 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: Sunny. Widespread frost in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming southeast after midnight.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. A slight chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph and Becoming south around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of showers 20 percent.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 20 mph and becoming west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of showers 20 percent.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the mid 30s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s.

Saturday through Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Lows in the mid 30s.
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.