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LIHEAP Weather Bulletin: Flood Warning Issued for Susan River

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Reno have issued a Flood Warning for the Susan River, in Susanville, saying that moderate flooding is forecast from late tonight until early Sunday afternoon.

At 3:00p.m., today the river was at 7.19 feet, which is well below flood stage, but in the next twelve hours the river is expected to rise above flood stage to a crest of 13.2.

It will then fall below flood stage tomorrow evening. Flood stage is 12.0 feet.

The Susanville Fire Department has sandbags available for city residents who may be affected by the flood. Please call 1.530.257.5152 or stop by the station to pick up and fill the bags. Please bring your own shovel.

Susan River Hydrograph Readings

According to the NWS flood experts, at 13 feet, moderate flooding occurs in Susanville from
Lassen Street downstream along Riverside Drive. Some homes along the river have moderate flood affects, especially on Carroll Street.

“Historically, the Susan River is rapidly reactive to this amount of precipitation and melting with increased snow elevations,” explains Susanville Fire Chief James Moore. “If you live in areas prone to flooding, please be prepared.”

Link to affected zones: https://zonehaven.link/268zJb

You may use the NOAA Susan River page to track live river levels and precipitation forecasts.

According to Chief Moore, the City of Susanville will notify residents of advisory warnings, and emergencies through Zone Haven, and GEM. To sign up for GEM or to view Lassen County evacuation zones visit https://www.lassencounty.org/alerts.

Significant lowland flooding below Susanville in Johnstonville, Leavitt Lake, Standish, and Litchfield areas. Rural roads and bridges in these areas flood.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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