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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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Mary Richardson December 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Good thinking on the photo, Louisa - you beat me to it! <grin>
Mary Richardson December 01, 2012 at 08:06 PM
(I'd thought of it, I just hadn't gone out yet!)
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 01, 2012 at 08:20 PM
HEADLINE CORRECTED: This is a real flood warning, not a flash flood warning. Thanks, Barry Martin, for calling to our attention that the headline was inaccurate. Mary, more photos are welcome! You can add them here if you feel like sharing. Thank you.
Julie Pendray December 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Great photo Louisa. It looks like a Renaissance painting out of Europe! Perhaps that was my error on the headline? Oops, I am showing my San Diego county roots, where rivers are suddenly created in dry zones in the winter, and come rushing down hills!
Mary Richardson December 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Will do! I'll catch the high tide at 2:29.
Barry Martin December 01, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The City will be issuing an update shortly. A point we want to make is that the NWS forecast of the river rising about flood stage is for the area near Oak Knoll Avenue, which is 5 miles north of the City of Napa. We are expecting an NWS update around 3pm and will convene staff to update the situation at 4pm - after that we should have a better idea of what to expect.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 02, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Both city and county authorities say they're monitoring potential Napa River flooding that could happen Sunday afternoon when the river is expected to rise to two feet above flood stage north of the city of Napa "with possible effects as far downstream as Lincoln Avenue in Napa," according to a message from the county Saturday evening.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 02, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I will effect more than just the Lincoln area. Remember crap rolls down hill
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Thank you, Julie. And thanks, Mary, for your great shots! I spun them off into a separate gallery where anyone can share photos and videos: http://patch.com/A-zXXN
Mike Treleven December 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I think it would be interesting, after the flood water subside, to talk to Barry Martin and others — for their assessments of the Flood Control project role in this most recent series of storms
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 02, 2012 at 07:27 PM
If you have a look downtown, the flood control work is doing exactly what it was designed to do: Move the water through downtown faster to collect somewhere else. The reclaimed wetlands in Carneros will become saturated and return to their original job during flooding and high tide. An interesting fact is that the native Napa Wappo indians created a main foot trail along the eastern edge of the valley out of reach of the highest floodwaters they had ever seen. They would move their encampments above this trail during winter rains because they knew better than to try and live next to the river during wet seasons. This route is now known as Silverado Trail, which has no history of flooding even when the valley floor and downtown Napa are several feet under water. When Soscol floods it always stops right at the southern junction of Silverado Trail. The Old Adobe was built along this foot trail and has no history of flooding.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
We are not taking into account the Dams up stream did not spill. Also steve Silverado Trail floods in 3 or 4 places. I think the Jury will be out on the project long after it is done. The city got lucky with this last storm being so short.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Some vineyard flooding has been reported this morning and Trancas Crossing Park was partly under water. The National Weather Service has downgraded the projections for flooding on the Napa River today: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/napa-river-flood-threat-ebbs-some-parks-closed Here's a video showing how the Napa Creek improvements handled high water Friday: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/watch-flood-control-tames-napa-creek
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
That's interesting, Michael, I don't recall any time Silverado Trail has been closed due to flooding. I've seen large puddles in a couple places where culverts were plugged, but nothing that made the road impassable like Soscol or most of the crossroads. Of course, the road doesn't follow the Wappo trail foot by foot, but the route started out as a game trail above the flood plain and developed into a pedestrian trail followed by a road.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Steve the Trail will always flood at First street and Trancas. It floods at Trancas due to Milliken creek in 95 I recall it closed for 2 to 3 days I was not here in 1986 So I can not comment. Bottom line Napa was lucky for this storm. But we still have a long winter. Remember it is an "El nino year" As Milliken and Hennessey Fill up the real flood danger starts.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) 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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