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Ross Creek at Cherry Avenue Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)SCVWD-Santa Clara Valley Water DistrictRSCC1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (2:15PM Jan 26, 2023)Flood Stage is 10 ft
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NOTE: Graphical forecasts are not available for the Ross Creek at Cherry Avenue. During times of high water, forecast crest information can be found in the text products.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 12
Moderate Flood Stage: 11
Flood Stage: 10
Action Stage: 7.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

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12 Major Flooding: Neighborhoods south of Hillsdale Avenue and East of Jarvis Avenue experience significant inundation. Waters may move past Hilsdale Avenue, continuing northwards to the CA-87 and I-280 interchange. Floodwaters stay east of Cherry Avenue up to Curtner Avenue, and east of Lincoln Avenue north of Pine Street. Waters flow just east of Willow Glen Middle and High Schools, but do not inundate the schools.
11 Moderate Flooding: Water begins to overbank Ross Creek to the north between Jarvis Avenue adn Almaden Expressway, sheet flowing north along streets.
10 Minor Flooding: Water begins to overtop Cherry Avenue Bridge onto Montmorency Drive and Jarvis Avenue Bridge. Storm drains back up from the creek into neighborhoods along Ross Creek.
7.5 Action Stage: Creek is extremely flashy and can rise to flood stage within and hour depending on weather conditions. Creek can be heavily influenced by Guadalupe River when flow is above 4,000 cfs (9'-9.5' stage at Almaden Expressway), causing backwater conditions.
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Latitude: 37.263100° N, Longitude: 121.886800° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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NWS stage 0 ft 10 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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