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The original item was published from 1/17/2019 9:30:00 AM to 1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM.

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Posted on: January 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Post-Storm Monitoring


UPDATE 1/17/19:

The Oxbow Bypass flood gates were closed at about midnight last night per protocol. However, water did not enter the Bypass or cross McKinstry St. At this time, there is no threat of flooding. 

Currently City and County officials are monitoring a rising tide, which will peak this morning. The flood gates will remain closed to keep traffic out of the bypass until after high tide passes. But we are now at a point where we will begin watching river and creek levels subside. 

Again, these measures are precautionary and we are in the monitoring stages at this time. 

Also due to the overnight winds and rain, we have a number of park areas and recreation areas that will remain closed due to localized flooding. The following will remain closed until waters subside and the areas are inspected and determined to be safe:

  • Trancas Crossing Park
  • Kennedy Park – Lower areas
  • Oxbow Preserve
  • Main Street Boat Dock
  • Stanly Lane Trail
  • River Trail -Lincoln to Trancas


Napa is in for quite a bit more wind and rain throughout the evening and into tomorrow. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch and Urban Small Stream Advisory starting today. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding and a Flood Advisory means that some locations will experience localized flooding. You can view a full list of the National Weather Services' forecasts for the Napa area here.

The City’s sandbag operation is open until further notice at Memorial Stadium, 1340 Menlo Ave. Sandbag Information

The river is not predicted to rise to flood level but there may be issues with local storm drains and streams. Additionally, there will be high winds with the risk of power outages. 

Police, Fire, Public Works, and Parks are all staffed up to monitor the storm this afternoon, evening and into tomorrow. Crews will be ready to respond to emergencies related to the expected wind and rain.

As with all storms, we encourage to you be prepared in the event of a power outage or other event due to weather. Check out to find out how to be as prepared as possible!

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