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Flood Risk On Napa River Downgraded By Officials

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NAPA (CBS SF) — With the heaviest rainfall having passed through of the Bay Area, weather forecasters downgraded predictions of flooding on the Napa River.

The river was expected to crest in the city of Napa between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and was projected to stay within its banks, community outreach coordinator Barry Martin said.

As a precaution, Veterans Memorial Park, Oxbow Preserve Park and the Riverfront Promenade will remain closed to the public for the remainder of Sunday.

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Residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas were being advised to remain vigilant.

Rainfall and water levels in rivers and creeks can be monitored online at http://napa.onerain.com/home.php.

The National Weather Service has left in place a Flood Warning for portions of the Napa River, including the area of Oak Knoll Avenue where the river is expected to crest at 26.1 feet today, about one foot above flood stage.

The area is about five miles north of Napa and is largely agricultural, Martin said.

This week’s rainfall at the Mt. Veeder monitoring point in Napa County totaled 11.6 inches as of 8 a.m. Sunday.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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