Eel River forecast to crest at 19 feet, 1 foot below flood stage.
The National Weather Service office in Eureka is forecasting the Eel River will reach “Action stage” by 5 a.m. on Saturday and crest in the afternoon slightly above 19 feet, causing “minor flooding.”
Flood stage is considered 20 feet, which was last hit and surpassed in January of 2016, when the Eel River hit 21.34 feet, according to the California Nevada River Forecast Center
A flood watch is currently in effect for southwestern Humboldt, the Southern Humboldt interior, southern portions of Trinity County and much of Mendocino County.
According to the National Weather Service, the “heaviest precipitation will occur today and tonight while “moderate to heavy rain will persist through Saturday.”
“Small stream flooding is possible. Mainstem rivers are expected to see rapid rises,” according to the service’s hazardous weather outlook for the region. “Gusty south winds will impact the area Friday night into Saturday, mostly along exposed coastal areas.”
Stay tuned to the last forecasts by visiting the Eureka National Weather Service website here