"I'm trying to figure out the best place to see stats for the Napa river- flood stage, current levels, etc. Any tips on where I should go?" writes Christy Bors in a "shout" on our home page.
Yes, Christy! If you're just interested in the Napa River, the California Department of Water Resources website keeps tabs on water levels with automated sensors in multiple locations. For the latest hourly data on the Napa River, go to http://cdec.water.ca.gov/queryQuick.html, enter "NAP" in the box and then click "Get Data."
But as many Napans know, the river is not the only thing we need to watch in rainy weather. Creek flooding can devastate neighborhoods even when the river has not overspilled its banks.
That's why Napa County, the cities of Napa and St. Helena and the flood control district have created the Napa Valley Regional Rainfall and Stream Monitoring System site, where you can find out everything you want to know about current and historical creek, stream and river levels: napa.onerain.com. It also links to weather reports and other useful sites.
The Napa River level peaked at 18.28 feet Wednesday at 9 a.m. Monitor stage—the height at which flooding becomes likely in low-lying areas—is 22 feet and flood stage is 25 feet, according to the state.
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