[UPDATE 5:19 p.m.] Flood News from Humboldt County

UPDATE 5:19 p.m.: Humboldt County’s Office of Emergency Services states that the Eel River at Fernbridge is expected to flood tonight at approximately 5 p.m. through 10 p.m. tomorrow.

Press release from Humboldt County:

Significant rainfall from last evening and today may cause local area river levels to rise above flood stage.  The weather forecast is calling for additional inch or so of rainfall through Wednesday, though more rain can be expected at higher elevations.  Residents should continue to monitor local radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for updated weather forecasts and flood information.  Weather information may be obtained by calling the National Weather Service recorded forecast line at (707) 443-7062.

Flood monitor Chris Valk

Eel River at Sylvandale reaches flood monitor stage as of 2:40 p.m. [Photo by a reader]

The Van Duzen River is forecast to hit flood stage by 4 p.m. which will affect low-lying areas along Highway 36, especially east of Carlotta and near Grizzly Creek State Park. Portions of River Bar Road in the Starvation Flats area are likely to be impassable. At the state park water may reach near the office.The Eel River at Scotia is forecast to hit flood stage at 3 a.m. and rise to 52.9 feet by 7 a.m. Wednesday. Minor flooding in the Shively area is possible.The Eel River River at Fernbridge is forecast to hit flood stage at 4 p.m. today, and rise further to 25.5 feet by 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Severe flooding of the Eel River Delta is expected, including areas northwest of Loleta and the western portion of Cannibal Island Road. Numerous road closures in low-lying areas are also expected, including Highway 211 to Ferndale.

A Special Action Advisory is being issued to all owners of livestock near the river and in low-lying areas. These animals are at potential risk due to rises in the Eel River and appropriate action should be considered.You can monitor river heights on line through the Eureka National Weather Service at


Call 911 for emergencies and Red Cross (1-800-RED-CROSS) with shelter needs.

If you live in the areas impacted by flooding rivers, you are advised to take precautions to protect yourself and your property.  Owners of livestock should take appropriate action to protect livestock from rising river levels.

Please check on your neighbors to make sure they have received this flood warning.  If you decide to evacuate your residence, be sure to take essential items such as medicine, special foods, personal items, baby supplies, clothing, money, and valuable documents.  Do not overload your car.  Secure your home before you leave.

Never drive through flooded roadways.  Do not bypass or go around barricades.

For current information, stay tuned to your local radio stations or NOAA Weather Radio. You can also follow the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services Facebook page for updates.

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