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Flood Preparedness

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Flood Stage Monitoring

Santa Cruz County- ALERT System  

Flood Terms

Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.


National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

River conditions

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Pajaro River at Chittenden


City of Watsonville: Current River and Creek Levels

  • Pajaro River at Main St
  • Salsipuedes Creek at Hwy 129
  • Salsipuedes Creek at East Lake Avenue

City of Watsonville River Monitoring System



National Weather Service (NWS)

Weather Forecast, National

Weather Forecast, Monterey Bay Area


Disaster Information


Disaster Information

Flood Disasters


Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (OES)

Disaster Information


Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA)

Disaster Information


Emergency Services

 Reverse 911 Alerts Phone Registration-Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County 911


Reverse 911 Alerts Phone Registration-Monterey County

Monterey County 911


Sandbags- Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Sandbags


Sandbags- Monterey County

Monterey County Sandbags


Flood Preparedness Guides

General Site

Flood Safety


Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

General Site

Flood Information

Flood Information (Spanish)


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

General Site

Flood Information


FEMA Homeland Security- Ready America

General Site


Partial Publications Library

Kids’ Information



National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Flood Information


American Society of Civil Engineers 

Flood Safety