Official Flood and Storm Information Resources for California
Photo courtesy CERES
This section of 1997 Floods, Northern California Information Resources contains annotated links to official floods and storm information for northern and central California. You'll find 1997 historical data and up-to-date data and information for flooding, rivers, streams, and creeks levels, emergency agencies, current road and highway conditions, water resources and organizations, local information, natural disasters information, and related resources.
Important: Please do not rely on this information as your only source of information in case of emergency. I do periodically update or remove dead Web site links, but most phone numbers and addresses are from 1997 and may or may not be accurate at this point. This Web site remains online for information and for historical record purposes only, not as a source for current emergency information. See also: About the 1997 Floods, Northern California Information Resources Web Site.
On this page:
Official Floods, Flooding, and Storm Information for California
- California Data Exchange Center (CDEC)
From the Department of Water Resources, Division of Flood Management. Find the following: Current and Historical Data, Reports and Products, Other Data Sources. Very helpful official information here.
- California Department of Parks and Recreation
- California Department of Water Resources
Water Conditions, California Water Map, California Water Info, State Water Project and more.
- (Current) California Flash Flood Bulletins from the National Weather Service
- California Dept. of Water Resources Flood Information
View current river and road information, news information, direct links to important, official flood information.
- California Office of Emergency Services
Find the following: Flood and Storm Information (Images, Maps, Links, Resource Materials), Emergency Public Information, Departments, Facts About OES, California Emergency Plan, Related Agencies.
- Caltrans Highway Information: Statewide Road Closures and Information
The online source is continually updated with current information, just as via telephone at 1-800-427-7623.
- CERES: Flood Information from the California Resources Agency
Listed by the following: Storm and Flood Conditions by County, Information by Subject: Bulletins; Emergency Assistance, Preparedness, and Recovery; Emergency Declarations from the Governor's Office; Images; Hydrologic Data; Media Coverage; Road Conditions; Snow; Weather; Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Atlas from the Dept. of Water Resources; Flood Information Source List.
- Current Emergency Flood Information (USGS)
Flash flood, earthquake, high wind warnings.
- Current Severe Weather Watches and Warnings for California
Although this is NOT an official weather service Web site, its California chart is an interactive map by counties that allows the visitor to instantly access the official latest weather warning issued by the National Weather Service for that area. The chart is color coded denoting current conditions, too, but may or may not be up-to-the-moment.
- EarthWatch Weather On Demand
Nationwide service. StormWatch® constantly updates watches, warnings and advisories every ten minutes, radar every hour so be sure to reload. Netscape browsers will automatically reload every ten minutes.
- El Niño information
1997-1998 (California Department of Water Resources)
- El Niño information
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Service, Sacramento, CA
Find official information here for current weather, warnings, forecasts, maps and observations, archives, and weather topics.
- NOAA Watch - NOAA's All Hazard Monitor
The latest news and information about natural disasters, hurricanes, tornadoes, firestorms, floods, and more across the U.S.
- FEMA Recent News Releases
Covers disasters and also news related to FEMA.
- Northern California Flood Status Overview Map
- Snow Conditions
Interactive site from the California Department of Water Resources Division of Flood Management. Also has history, much detailed information.
- Southern California Flood Status Overview Map
- State Water Project Operations Control Office
from the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Operations and Maintenance. This dept. is the nerve center of the State Water Project.
- U.S. Geological Survey
Satellite Data From the Stream to Your Screen. For current water conditions, please see these USGS near-realtime sites:
- Western U.S. Flooding (NCDC)
National Climatic Data Center is the world's largest active archive of weather data. For the western U.S. flooding, it currently lists: Brief Summary, Satellite Images and Precipitation Maps, Precipitation Tables: December and December 20 - January 3, Additional Resources. Excellent information here. Valuable resource.
- City of Woodland Emergency Information page
Updated during flood situations, city emergencies, and maintained by the City of Woodland. Covers localized flooding, Cache Creek Levees, recent significant storm history, NWS weather forecasts, Yolo Co. Office of Em. Services link, CA Office of Em. Services, link, more. Emergency information also available on Cable Channel 20 or by calling (530)661-5850.
- City of Woodland Flood Protection and FEMA Map Update
Official updated information regarding the mapping and flood areas around Woodland.
- Yolo County Office of Emergency Services
Current concerns, situation reports, water levels, shelter information.
- Yuba County Office of Emergency Services (OES)
Phone numbers, flood victims resource center, press releases, county newsletter, links to further resources.
Rivers Information for Statewide California, Local Northern and Central California
- California Rivers Assessment (CARA)
This site is a special program of the California State Resources Agency developed in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies, and private organizations. A part of the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES). This Web site is interactive with a clickable map. Seek information by river basin, for the whole state, or for a variety of units such as counties, bioregions or electoral districts.
- The Kaweah River Page
Excellent page by Bill Pooley. Information about the Kaweah River, the impact of the January floods, graphs, over a dozen spectacular photos. Also has detailed kayaking, rafting information and commercial rafting companies for this breathtaking area and more.
- Lower Sacramento River Basin
River conditions, levels.
- Napa River Levels
Good information here for the status of the Napa River in the Napa Valley.
- Napa River Level Forecasts from the National Weather Service
Current, directly from the source.
- Rainfall and River Page, National Weather Service, San Francisco
Rainfall and river summaries, river stages and forecasts, warnings and forecasts, current stages, river bulletins, listings by individual NWS stations throughout California. Excellent information here.
- Reservoirs - Scheduled Releases
California reservoir information from the California Department of Water Resources Division of Flood Management. This page retrieves reservoir release (outflow) changes that have occurred or are scheduled to occur. Up-to-date information, added as received. Excellent information.
- River Level Information
List of all measured waterways, maintained by California Data Exchange Center
Russian River Stages
From the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Flood Management
- Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Atlas
Current data, historical information also. Aerial photos, maps, interesting information. Copies also available from Copies of the Delta Atlas are available from: State of California, Department of Water Resources, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
- Sacramento-Roseville Small Creeks
Levels, conditions of small creeks in the Sacramento-Roseville vicinity.
- San Joaquin River Basin
River conditions, levels.
- South Fork of the American River
River conditions, levels.
- Yuba County Current River and Reservoir Conditions
Current information, updated regularly.
Local Floods-Related Information and Help for Northern, Central California
- The Colfax Area Express
Great local newspaper! Local information, business directory.
- Coloma-Lotus Jan. 1997 Flood Info
This is a page devoted to flood information for the Coloma and Lotus areas near the South Fork of the American River. Photographs, information, and other links also.
Flood Relief Information Center
Mother Lode Church - (916) 622-0686
870 Beach Court, Coloma
(Off Hwy 49, between Yosum's and Ceccardi's)
If busy, leave message at (916) 642-9720
If you have no phone, leave your address and we will visit the site.
- Emergency Digital Information Service (EDIS)
From the OES (Office Of Emergency Services) for California, this link provides direct links to local information online for emergencies in California, including flooding.
- The Napa River Flood Management Effort
Report by Doug Wheeler, Chairman, California Biodiversity Council, CERES.
- Friends of the Napa River
- Friends of the River
California's largest river conservation group. Information also available about the '97-'98 El Niño.
- Napa Flood Control and Water Conservation District Directory
Links, as title stated, to traffic and construction updates, City of Napa Public Works, Fiscal Oversight Committee, Napa County Public Works Committee, calendar, much more.
- Napa Valley Citizens' Guide Flooding & Flood Recovery
Watches and warnings, emergency management, public information and local contacts (phone numbers, radio and TV broadcasts with emergency info, more), preparedness info, checklist for evacuation, what to do before, during and after a flood, flood planning for businesses, FEMA assistance, record of historical floods, more. Terrific resource.
- Napa Valley Floodplain and Watershed Management
Flood histories, community coalition, flood protection and watershed management plan overview, conclusion, references.
- Napa Valley Flood Project Updates
Check this site for progress updates and links to further information.
- Napa Valley Register
Napa Valley newspaper with latest news, archives back to 1999.
- Napa Valley Storm and Flood Information
From Westsong. Excellent compilation of official information for the Napa Valley region: Phone Numbers, Evacuation Shelters, Situation Reports/ Updates, River Levels/Forecasts, Road Conditions - (state and interstate highways), Local/Regional Weather, Western U.S. Radar/Satellite Maps, PG&E Emergency Phone Numbers, Tides, Flood Preparation and Recovery.
Newscenter 4, San Francisco. Flood information, photos, RealAudio clips.
Channel 10, Sacramento. Very little flood information as of 1-12-97.
- Marin County Disaster and Emergency Resources Home Page
- Modesto Bee
Flood coverage section.
- Mountain Democrat Online
Covers Placerville and the western side of El Dorado County. Has local flood-related information, coverage of Highway 50 mudslide January 25, 1997.
El Dorado County flood-related information from Placerville.Com.
- The Record (Stockton)
Covers current flood information.
- Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Flood information, history of many of the major floods here, the American River Watershed, info on future flood likelihood, current flood control projects, staff contact info, flood zone maps, flood insurance info, flood preparedness tips, rivers and reservoirs information, weather, flood recovery info, events and activities calendar, more.
- Sacramento Bee: Floods of 1997
This link goes directly to the Floods of 1997 coverage by the Sacramento Bee Newspaper. Excellent information here, quite extensive.
- City of Sacramento - Flood Information
(Dec, 2000: Dead link, seeking replacement) Designed to keep City residents informed of storm/flood procedures and events and is updated on an as needed basis. Topics covered are: Things to do to Prepare for the Storm, Sandbags Provided Free - Locations, Latest Press Release, Sacramento County Flood Updates, and more.
Where to Report Storm Problems:
To report street flooding and storm drain problems, Sacramento City residents should call 264-5011.
Also, the city and county are encouraging residents to report any non-life threatening problems, such as traffic signal malfunctions and street flooding, by calling 264-5011 for the city and 875-5000 for the county.For more information please call 264-5011.
- Sacramento County Office of Emergency Operations - Disaster Preparedness
FLOODS -- What to do in the event of a Flood, Driving during a Flood, Sandbag Filling, Construction and Placement Information, Flood Stages, Check Your Depth.
Address:Emergency Operations Center
County of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA 95827
Information phone number ...... (916)366-2707
Fax number ..............................(916)875-3070
Sandbag sites for Placer County can be learned by calling 889-7721.
In Yolo County, sandbags will be available at local fire stations, or call the county Office of Emergency Services at 666-8930.
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Flood coverage information, includes Russian River, Yosemite Valley, photographs, more. Good information here.
- Tahoe World
Much information, photos here about flooding in the Tahoe, Truckee and nearby areas. Check with them about their flood-related articles in their archives if none currently available online.
- The Union (Grass Valley, Western Nevada County)
Grass Valley's local newspaper has extensive flood coverage information for this area as well as help and information for flood victims.
- Yuba County Water Agency
Current River and Reservoir Conditions, Need for Flood Control, Public Involvement Process, Program Mailing List, News Bureau.
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