County and Yurok Tribal emergency personnel are keeping an eye on the Klamath River and low-lying areas and are warning residents to be prepared for flooding.
Water levels on the Klamath are forecast to crest at 39.1 feet at about 2 a.m., just above minor flood stage, which is 38 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
Del Norte County Emergency Services Manager Cindy Henderson said water has crossed Klamath Beach Road on the east side of U.S. 101 and is getting close to impacting Requa Road.
Henderson said hydrologists are predicting once the river crests at 39.1 feet it will recede quickly and go below flood stage. The river is predicted to be above flood stage for about 12 hours at the most, she said.
Representatives with the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, CERT and the Yurok Tribe have made contact with anyone who could be affected by flooding, Henderson said.
Meanwhile, Henderson has heard reports of downed trees and some landslides elsewhere in the county, but said Caltrans crews have been able to clear it fast. The high winds were also less than initially predicted, she said.