Yuba City Floodplain Management
Monitor Local Water Levels
Interested in tracking our local water levels? The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) monitors local water levels, including the Feather River for data analysis and to gauge local flood risk. Click on the link below for real-time water level data.
Feather River at Yuba City
The emergency plans for Yuba City and Sutter County all use the same emergency staging levels for Feather River flood threats (Marysville and Yuba County use different river measurements for their emergency plans). The flood warning stages are reported by elevation (feet) above sea level, as measured at the Yuba City side of the Fifth Street Bridge. Yuba City’s elevation varies but is generally about 50 feet above sea level. The top of the west Feather River levee has an elevation of 83.5 feet above sea level. The following warning stages for the Feather River are used by Yuba City and Sutter County’s emergency organizations.
||Pre-emergency. River level is at 60’ and forecast to rise. Feather River flows over the banks of the main channel at this elevation. River is monitored on a 24-hour basis.
||Warning Stage. River level is at 65’ and forecast to rise. River is monitored at a minimum of twice a day with a levee patrol.
||Full Alert Stage. River level is at 70’ and forecast to rise. Flooding is possible, but not probable. River is monitored on an hourly basis by levee patrols.
||Emergency Stage. River level is between 75’ – 77’ and forecast to rise. Flooding is expected in south areas of the County. Hourly levee patrols continue.
||Evacuation Stage. River level is at 77’ and forecast to rise. The river poses a significant flood threat. Hourly levee patrols continue.