Flood Warning for Napa River Issued Saturday

The flood warning will be in place until 8 p.m. Sunday. Check back with Napa Valley Patch for updates from local authorities.

Click here to find real-time water level data for Napa River and local creeks.

Bay City News Service

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Napa River in Napa County Saturday morning. The warning was issued around 5 a.m. and will be in place until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Flooding is a concern for portions of the river near St. Helena and the city of Napa, according to the weather service.

The warning comes ahead of more rain expected to hit the Bay Area tonight and Sunday after several days of heavy rainfall.

The river is expected to rise above the flood stage of 16 feet around noon Sunday before falling that evening and receding to 3 feet by Tuesday afternoon.

As of 2 a.m. Saturday morning the river near St. Helena was at 4.9 feet. A flash flood watch remains in place until Sunday evening for the entire Bay Area region.

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Louisa Hufstader December 02, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I did not know that about the Trail, Steve, but it makes perfect sense.
Ash Leigh December 03, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I didn't see any flooding on Silverado Trail either, and I live right off it. Yes, there were some parts where the water collected, but I wouldn't call that flooding.
Mary Richardson December 04, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I just got to reading these comments ~ I think that's a cool history about the trail, Steve! I remember both the '95 and 2005 floods. I have a video somewhere that we took in 2005 when the trail was closed from the stone cutters to El Guadalajara. That water receded relatively quickly. I think all of the steps being taken to ease flooding have helped. Making the bridges taller so the water doesn't back up so quickly with logs and volume was a good plan. I also think we need a lot of rain over time, with an already saturated ground, and a whopping high tide to see how things go.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 04, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Hit a bad flash flood in 1995, before kids, while working at Eldex on 30 Executive Court. The owner finally let us go home. It was storming so hard! I had my little blue 1991 Camaro and drove. I lost brake power because of so much water on Jefferson and Rubicon near Vintage High. I just kept it in a low gear, drove in the middle of the street, and didn't stop until I got home. Luckily we lived back in the condos then and drove off the street up into our little court and safely in the carport and pulled the emergency brake to stop. Very scary!
Mary Richardson December 04, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Indeed scary!!!


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