As a third winter storm arrives, more rain and snow will welcome in the new year.
The Reno National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Susan River due to continued rainfall mixed with a melting snowpack. This storm will impact the region Friday and continue through Sunday, January 1st. Heavy rain and high-elevation snow are expected, with the heaviest precipitation coming Saturday.
These rainfall and snowpack melt predictions of just under 2 1⁄2 inches will cause the Susan River to enter the monitor flood stage at just over 11 feet. Susanville Fire Department Chief Moore stated that historically, the Susan River rapidly reacts to this amount of precipitation and snow melt. The case made in the late winter of 2017 when the river flooded and forced the evacuation of Carrol street due to heavy rainfall.
The City of Susanville will notify you of advisory warnings and emergencies through Zone Haven and GEM. The county switched emergency alert systems leaving CodeRED just weeks ago. If you were already signed up through CodeRED, your information should have been copied to the new platform, and you can log in to update your information. If you have not registered, you can sign up for GEM or view Lassen County evacuation zones by visiting the alerts tab on the county website, lassencounty.org.
Plumas county and eastern Sierra county are also under flood watch; officials advise you to check your zone and sign up for your county’s emergency alert system before the storm so that you can be prepared If you live in areas prone to flooding. Affected zones in Susanville currently encompass Hillcrest Rd down to S. Weatherlow, Richmond rd. to Sierra rd, homes south of Main street along Riverside Dr., including homes around Fruit Growers Park, the little league fields to past Safeway.
You can also view live river levels and rain forecasts by visiting the National Weather Service California Nevada River Forecast page.
Following this new years weekend storm, be prepared for another round of strong winds, rain, and snow.