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Photo of a flooded Fashion Valley Road in San Diego, on January 7, 2016.

San Diego River Flooding

Sections of Fashion Valley Road, San Diego, were closed by flooding of the San Diego River. Closed roads were a common scene in San Diego and throughout California during the El Niño-related storms Jan. 6-7, 2016. Hydrographers from the Poway Field Officers closely monitored high-flow conditions throughout the storms. (USGS photo by Dianna Crilley)

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Photo of road closure signs along a flooded Fashion Valley Road in San Diego, on January 7, 2016.

San Diego Road Closures

Sections of Fashion Valley Road, San Diego, were closed by flooding of the San Diego River. Closed roads were a common scene in San Diego and throughout California during the El Niño-related storms Jan. 6-7, 2016. Hydrographers from the Poway Field Officers closely monitored high-flow conditions throughout the storms. (USGS photo by Dianna Crilley)

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photo of Debris Flow in Cable Canyon following the 2003 Old Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, California.

Post-fire Debris Flow

Debris Flow in Cable Canyon following the 2003 Old Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, California.

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Southern California Flood Wave Captured by USGS Hydrologic Technicians (Video)

Southern California Flood Wave Captured by USGS Hydrologic Technicians (Video)

USGS Hydrologic Technicians, Drew Gaffney and Ernie Houston, captured a frontal wave during a flash flood just as it reached USGS streamgage 11136800 at Cuyama River below Buckhorn Canyon near Santa Maria, CA on July 20, 2015.

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Slideshow of streamgaging photos

USGS Stream Monitoring During Storms (Video)

USGS crews were in the field checking streamflow during the mid-January storms in California.

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photo of debris as a result of flooding

2003 Debris Flow in Devore, CA (Video)

Rare footage of debris flow was captured by resident Howard Davis as mud and boulders rolled down the street.

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photo of a flash flood

USGS Webcam Captures Flash Flood (Video)

Sudden and torrential rainfall on hillsides left bare by wildfires caused dangerous flash flooding.

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USGS Flood News


Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they monitor streamgages?
Dec 16, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Accompany a USGS Field Crew as they Measure Stream Flow and Flooding in Storm-Affected Areas of California
Dec 15, 2016

During Recent Droughts: Central Valley Groundwater Levels Reached Historical Lows and Land Subsidence Intensified
Oct 01, 2015

Southern California Flood Wave Captured by USGS Hydrologic Technicians (Video)
Aug 05, 2015

Building Sandbars in the Grand Canyon
Jun 03, 2015

Free Public Lecture at CSU Sacramento: Land Subsidence - The Lowdown on the Drawdown
Jan 30, 2015

Land-Subsidence Trends in the Coachella Valley Detailed in New Report
Jun 09, 2014

Renewed Land Subsidence Poses Risk to Water Infrastructure in California's San Joaquin Valley
Nov 21, 2013

Land Subsidence Poses Risk to Water Infrastructure in California's San Joaquin Valley
Nov 18, 2013

Cuyama Valley Groundwater Study Reveals Subsidence, Complex Geology, Other Challenges
Jul 11, 2013

Technical Announcement: New Reports Update Estimates of Flood Frequency in California
Aug 27, 2012

USGS Associate Director for Water, and Scientists Present on Subsidence, Water Quality Monitoring, and National Water Programs
Nov 22, 2011

Additional information on the San Joaquin Valley subsidence study
Sep 04, 2009

Central Valley subsidence study launched
Sep 04, 2009

USGS webcam gives real-time look at gushing San Pedro Creek
Feb 06, 2009

Study finds subsidence continuing in the Coachella Valley
Dec 17, 2007

New USGS webcam goes online in Santiago Fire burn area
Dec 04, 2007

California Delta peat soils can be "re-grown," USGS finds
Aug 09, 2007

USGS Flood Contacts


Name/Expertise Office Email Phone
Laurel Rogers
Outreach / Public Affairs
San Diegolarogers@usgs.gov619.225.6104
Scott Patterson
Field Office Chief
Powayrspatter@usgs.gov858.679.4015
Timothy Reed
Field Office Chief
Reddingtreed@usgs.gov530.246.5282
Bob Blanchard
Field Office Chief
Redlandsrblanch@usgs.gov909.798.3272
Armando Robledo
Field Office Chief
Sacramentoarobledo@usgs.gov916.381.0207
Anthony Guerriero
Field Office Chief
Santa Cruzaguerrie@usgs.gov831.460.7494
Stuart Hill
Field Office Chief
Santa Mariasahill@usgs.gov805.928.9539
Ed Parvin
Field Office Chief
Truckeeeparvin@usgs.gov530.587.0910
Andrew Watson
Field Office Chief
Ukiahafwatson@usgs.gov707.468.4040