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Voluntary Evacuation For Klamath, Flood Warning For Smith, Klamath

A flood advisory for western Del Norte and northwestern Humboldt counties is in effect until 5:30 p.m. today, with the Klamath River expected to reach flood stage tonight.

A voluntary evacuation is recommended for people in low-lying areas of Klamath, including:

Klamath Mill Road, the old Klamath town site, Requa Road, McMillian Road, Terwer Riffle Road, Resighini Rancheria, Klamath Beach Road, the Klamath Glen and any mobile home parks near the river. A shelter has been set up at the Methodist Church, 126 Redwood Road.

Margaret Keating Elementary School and Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods are closed today. School buses will not be running from Gasquet on North Bank Road (Hwy 197), South Bank Road or Lower Lake Road.

While the voluntary evacuation and flood advisories remain in effect, current river levels are lower than predicted on Thursday, when 2.81 inches of rain fell on Crescent City. Friday rain will decrease in intensity throughout the day but remain heavy through Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The Klamath

The Klamath River near Klamath is expected to reach a flood stage of 38 feet at 7 p.m. Friday and a peak stage of 39.4 feet by 11 p.m.

As this morning at 7:30, it was at 24.7 feet.

Flooding may occur on Highway 101 near Requa Road, the road to Klamath Glen and adjacent low-lying secondary roads near the delta. Flooding will be amplified by high tides and strong onshore winds.

The Smith

The Smith River at Jedediah Smith State Park is expected to reach a peak stage of 27.8 feet by 1 p.m. today. Flood stage is 29 feet. Flooding is anticipated along lower portions of Highway 197, with possible flooding of roads near Gasquet.

This section of the Smith was observed at 25.6 feet at 7:45 a.m. today.

The Smith at Doctor Fine Bridge is expected to reach a peak stage of 31 feet at 1 pm. Flood stage is 33 feet.

This section of the Smith was observed at 30 feet at 8:15 a.m. today.

Minor flooding may occur around the gravel plant near Highway 101 and of South Bank Road, approximately one mile upstream from Doctor Fine Bridge.

Do not drive across flooded roadways. It only takes 2 feet of water to float most vehicles. For road conditions call Caltrans at 707-951-9719 or 1-800-427-7623, or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi.

Small streams and creeks will rise and may exceed their channel and culver capacities, causing localized flooding and mudslides.




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