The Monterey Peninsula may be cut off, and flooding is expected in the Salinas Valley

At a news conference Wednesday, Sheriff Tina Nieto announced that the county is preparing for the Monterey Peninsula to be cut off from the rest of the state due to impending floodwaters if the Salinas River continues to flood. >>Watch the press conference in the video player above. The Salinas River passes under Highway 68 and Highway 1 on its way to Monterey Bay. During extreme floods, the river can prevent the river from flowing into or out of the peninsula, blocking both highways. The last time this happened was in 1995. Nieto also wanted to warn the public about the possibility of flooding in Suvalar, Spreckels, Las Palmas Ranch 1 and Las Palmas Ranch II. After raging rivers, river levels across the central coast have risen to severe levels and caused catastrophic flooding. Officials’ latest concern is the currently rising Salinas River. The river, which continues to rise even after the rains stop, continues to swell between Chualar and Monterey Bay. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the river crest at the Highway 68 crossing was at 20 feet and in “active” condition. This means that the river is not yet in flood, but at bank level. The National Weather Service predicts that the river will flood Thursday afternoon. Nieto: List of road closures due to Salinas River flooding

At a news conference Wednesday, Sheriff Tina Nieto announced that the county is preparing for the Monterey Peninsula to be cut off from the rest of the state due to impending floodwaters if the Salinas River continues to flood.

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>>Watch the press conference in the video player above.

The Salinas River passes under Highway 68 and Highway 1 on its way to Monterey Bay. During extreme floods, the river can prevent the river from flowing into or out of the peninsula, blocking both highways. The last time this happened was in 1995.

Nieto also wanted to warn the public of possible flooding in Chualar, Spreckels, Las Palmas Ranch 1 and Las Palmas Ranch II.

After raging rivers, river levels across the central coast have risen to severe levels and caused catastrophic flooding. The latest concern for officials is the rising Salinas River.

The river, which continues to rise even after the rains stop, continues to swell between Chualar and Monterey Bay.

As of 4 PM on Wednesday, Nadi Mani on Highway 68 The cross river is 20 feet high and is in “operational” condition. This means that the river is not yet in flood, but at bank level. The National Weather Service predicts that the river will flood Thursday afternoon.

Nieto: List of road closures due to Salinas River flooding

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