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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the California Nevada River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Pajaro River at Chittenden are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 33.1
Moderate Flood Stage: 32.5
Flood Stage: 32
Action Stage: 25
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 33.73 ft on 02/03/1998
(2) 33.11 ft on 04/03/1958
(3) 32.46 ft on 12/24/1955
(4) 32.20 ft on 03/11/1995
(5) 31.30 ft on 02/12/1938
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 20.75 ft on 04/05/2006
(2) 21.70 ft on 02/14/2000
(3) 33.73 ft on 02/03/1998
(4) 29.53 ft on 01/03/1997
(5) 23.88 ft on 03/23/1995
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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35 Transportation impossible. Levees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro are in serious danger of failing. Damage to roads and bridges will become more widespread.
34 Disastrous flooding will occur throughout the Pajaro Valley including Pajaro and Watsonville. Disastrous flooding will occur near San Juan Bautista along the San Benito River. Disastrous flooding will occur in areas south of Gilroy near the Pajaro River. Travel will be nearly impossible. Many roads and bridges will be damaged.
33 Major flooding will occur throughout the Pajaro Valley including areas near San Juan Bautista along the San Benito River. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. The levees along the Pajaro River could breach.
32.5 The levees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro could breach or overtop. Moderate to major flooding in the Pajaro Valley will make travel very difficult.
32 Levees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro are within a half a foot of overtopping. The entire Pajaro River will have major bank erosion and sediment deposition. Travel in the Pajaro Valley will be difficult. The lower portions of towns along the Pajaro River will have minor flooding.
29.5 Parts of State Highway 129 between US Highway 101 and Watsonville will flood. The entire Pajaro River will have moderate bank erosion and sediment deposition.
28 The lowest portions of agricultural areas along the entire Pajaro River will have minor flooding. Some secondary roads in the Pajaro Valley near the Pajaro River will have minor flooding.
25 Significant scouring of cultivated lowlands near the Pajaro River will occur.

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