An atmospheric river has brought more than four inches of rain to Crescent City in the past three days, causing swollen creeks and small streams and ponding on local roads.
Del Norte County is currently under a flood advisory, according to the National Weather Service. The Del Norte County Roads Division has closed Fred Haight Drive south of Wilson Lane in Smith River due to localized flooding, the Office of Emergency Services posted on its Facebook page Monday.
Highway 197 is closed between mile markers 5 and 5.5 near U.S. 101 due to localized flooding, though residents have access, according to the Del Norte Office of Emergency Services. A landslide has also impacted Highway 197 at mile marker 1.2, closing the road to traffic for roughly the next 3 hours, according to the Office of Emergency Services.
The system has also caused a rapid rise on the Smith River, bringing water levels at the Dr. Fine Bridge and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park within monitor stage, but the river is not expected to reach flood stage, National Weather Service meteorologist Josh Whisnant said Monday.
The Klamath River is not forecast to reach monitor stage, he said.
The moisture-laden system, which has dumped 4.75 inches of rain at the Crescent City airport over the past 72 hours, is more targeted toward Del Norte County, Whisnant said. The Gasquet Ranger Station has received 8.76 inches of rain, he said.
Precipitation totals in Northern Humboldt County are about two to three inches less than Del Norte's rainfall, Whisnant said.
"The rain will start tapering off later this evening," he said Monday morning. "You might get another inch or so in some areas and maybe another 2 inches in some of the favorable upslope areas."
Del Norte County is expected to dry out a bit in the next couple days, Whisnant said. Meteorologists expect another system to sweep through the area around Thursday morning, but it won't leave the same impact as the current bout of moisture, he said.
For updated information on local road conditions and other announcements from the Del Norte Office of Emergency Services, visit preparedelnorte.com.
For more information about the weather forecast, visit www.weather.gov/eka.