Brace Yourself…Flood Watch Starting Sunday

flood watch [National Weather Service graphic]

Flood Watch from Sunday through Thursday throughout much of the Emerald Counties. [National Weather Service graphic for Miranda]

The National Weather Service in Eureka just issued a flood watch for the Emerald Counties beginning Sunday afternoon. Showers increase to rain throughout this weekend with moderate to heavy rainfall predicted on Sunday. The NWS posted on Facebook, “Rainfall amounts from 2 to 4 inches are forecast to occur Sunday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.”

They also warned gusty winds would accompany the system. They stated,

The combination of gusty winds and saturated soil will increase the risk for mud and rock slides for mountain roadways.

After Monday, snow levels are forecast to fall to 2500-3500 feet. As
this takes place, accumulating snowfall will become possible for
high elevation travel corridors.

Below is a graphic tweeted by the Agency a little before four p.m. showing the affected areas of the Flood Watch.




  • It used to rain like this all the time 50 years ago. Back to normal rainfall. Let moonbeam have his drought…

  • So even if it used to rain this hard all the time, it hasn’t rained like this since 1998 or so — that’s nearly 20 years of NOT “all the time.” Even when there’s no official drought, that sounds like a pretty long drying trend. And — hey, all you wise elders — did it really rain this HARD all the time, multiple inches in a day — or did it rain lightly for weeks and weeks on end?

    • Multiple inches in a day sometimes. Endless drizzle other times.

      • Yes, that’s true and that’s pretty much how we perceived it back in those days. I don’t remember ever knowing if we were below or above average rainfall for the year. The innocence of youth maybe.

    • No Law north of the KLAMATH

      Yes it did. And history repeats itself. If you can’t believe/handle it then go back to where you came from.

    • Justcurious;
      I think your memory is a off.
      Looking at my rainfall records for Salmon Creek, my numbers are’
      2004-5= 82.23″
      So far 2016-17=88.95
      So instead of a 20 years of little rain, it is really 5 years and some of those years weren’t that bad.
      Now what has changed is that we are receiving less rain in the Spring months.Some years we received very little rain from Feb. on.
      Couple this with the exponential increase in water usage during this time for pot growing just exacerbates the problem when we receive less rainfall.

  • This is nothing compared to the 64 flood I was 4 yrs old at the time ,and I don’t think I will ever see that again in my life time

    • Yep and the 1964 flood was nothing compared to the 1868 flood. Not to mention most of the northern hemisphere was covered by huge glaciers back in the day, pesky climate change.

  • The ranger station on hwy 36 near Platina has some great pictures of what the floods of the old days did.

    • Wow! A monstrous event that lasted over a period of time.

    • At Weaverville, John Carr was a witness to the sudden melt of snow by the heavy rain and onset of the flood in December 1861 on the Trinity River:
      “ From November until the latter part of March there was a succession of storms and floods… The ground was covered with snow 1 foot (0.30 m) deep, and on the mountains much deeper… The water in the river … seemed like some mighty uncontrollable monster of destruction broken away from its bonds, rushing uncontrollably on, and everywhere carrying ruin and destruction in its course. When rising, the river seemed highest in the middle… From the head settlement to the mouth of the Trinity River, for a distance of one hundred and fifty miles, everything was swept to destruction. Not a bridge was left, or a mining-wheel or a sluce-box. Parts of ranches and miners cabins met the same fate. The labor of hundreds of men, and their savings of years, invested in bridges, mines and ranches, were all swept away. In forty-eight hours the valley of the Trinity was left desolate. The county never recovered from that disastrous flood. Many of the mining-wheels and bridges were never rebuilt.[13]

      • True local ^

        All you wannabe’s who’s parents moved here in the 80s or 90s and act like you own the place, please get the hell outta here!

      • A lot of the things swept away were closer to the river than they ought to have been due to the lack of awareness of the settlers who were new to the region.
        On the other hand the gauge at Miranda this year has recorded over 106 inches of rain according to Tom Stienstra in last Sunday’s CHRONICLE.

  • The 1958 was a flood year in the mattole valley

  • Man you shoulda been here when Noah built that ark… Now that was one wet puppy!

  • It has definitely rained 40 days& nites.Remember having to go over Bell Springs when Leggett was impassable? Hard driving rains, with winds to match. One year in late 70s all the utility poles up Alderpoint rd were sheared off overnight. Rain gear was your wardrobe-I still wear my rain dress sometimes as it covers the top of the tall rubber boots.

  • You rock Erie you and I are true locals

  • Hey, in 1950 , we lived out on Speed’s ranch, (benbow). Had to walk out because of flood. In 1954, flooded out of Myers Flat. In 1960 flooded out of Myers Flat. And in 1964 we watched the water, while parked up on the freeway, come up on MyersFlat. The water covered my house, my Aunts house, my Friends house, my first grade school house. Then it crept onto the mill where my Dad worked. We were all 6of us kids, crying, wondering if it would ever stop, it kept coming toward us. It covered the Drive-In Theater and kept coming up the road and into the store’s. I’ll never forget the sounds, logs slamming , glass breaking, tanks exploding, then there was a cow, floating, screaming, Then we saw our house began to move, to go with the rush of the water. Soon all we saw was water, logs, cars, floating, furniture, toys, roofs with Dogs and Cats even Chickens, it seemed impossible. Then came the waiting for the water to go down, The Red Cross fed us and gave us blankets, Finally we watched the water go back, the way it had come. We watched to see if we could find our roof . There were a few houses left, but not ours, gone, completely, wow, My Parents were so strong, 6 Kids. 4 floods. This time they rebuilt in Redway. Some of us OLD TIMERS remember what these storms can do.

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