With the Susan River now at the major flooding stage, the road is submerged. Residents on Carroll Street in Susanville are evacuated. Photo courtesy of Emily Fluke

Susan River reaches major flooding stage

— Update: 4:17 p.m. —

The flooding conditions are not going to get better yet, according to Lassen County Office of Emergency Services Chief Eric Ewing.

Residents from Carroll Street were evacuated, as were residents from the River Roost Mobile Home Park on South Lassen Street. Ewing also said some residents were displaced at the Susan River Apartments on River Street.

An evacuation center has been set up at Community Church, located at 1400 Numa Rd. in Susanville. It can be reached at 257-2924.

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According to Ewing some roads in Susanville and throughout the county have been closed due to flooding.

In Susanville, South Lassen Street, Carroll Street and Riverside Drive near McDonalds have been closed to traffic.

Out in the county, Christie Street in Janesville, Dirt Wingfield Road from Peter Lassen’s Grave to Byers Pass, Mapes Lane in Standish, Leavitt Lane, Alexander Lane in Standish and Cowboy Joe Road and the Old Highway in Doyle have been closed. However, Ewing did not believe any residents were isolated due to the closures.

As of 3 p.m. the Susan River was measured at 14.99 feet with a forecasted crest at 15.7 feet.

— Update: 2:08 p.m. —

Heavy rains in the area continue to cause problems.

According to the National Weather Service website, the Susan River has officially reached the major flooding stage, measuring at 14.49 feet as of 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 9.

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According to Susanville Fire Department Captain Mark Murphy, Carroll Street in Susanville is closed and residents are being evacuated.

Additionally, the road has been closed in the Susan Hills area on Richmond Road.

Moreover, Murphy said it was expected South Lassen Street by the bridge and Riverside Drive near McDonalds would close soon.

The current weather system, with its heavy moisture, could cause the Susan River to see major flooding, potentially impacting the county.

According to the National Weather Service website, at 10 a.m., today, Thursday, Feb. 9, the Susan River measured at 12.26 feet. Minor flooding stage is measured at 12 feet.

The website also forecasted the Susan River to crest at 14.1 feet later today.

According to a post on the Susanville Police Department Facebook page, a crest of 14 feet could potentially cause damage in multiple areas.

The post listed possible affected areas to include major flooding in Susanville, Johnstonville, Leavitt Lake, Standish and Litchfield.

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Susanville could see floods from Lassen Street downstream along Riverside Drive and from Main Street, the post continued.

The Facebook post also said the potential flooding could top the K-rails flood wall on Carroll Street.

The post also warned homes, businesses, schools and roads and bridges in the Honey Lake Valley could flood with the Susan River measuring 14 feet.

There could also be potentially serious impacts to transportation and power.

Until tonight, the area is listed on a high wind warning, with a flood warning extending to Friday night, Feb. 10, according to the National Weather Service.

2 thoughts on “Susan River reaches major flooding stage

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  • I was born and raised in susanville seen flooding but nothing like this the town will bounce back and better

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