RECENT FLOODS ON HIGHWAY 94

Previous articles have discussed the early floods along Highway 94 where it has washed out bridges, and shaped and reshaped our roads.  The big flood that we have all heard about is the 1916 “Hatfield Flood” where roads and bridges were completely washed away, severe rock slides and Otay Dam was destroyed.

In recent years we have not had that amount of rainfall and have been more prepared to accommodate the water we did get.  Barrett Dam and small private ponds have helped to hold back the large amounts of water and helped slow down soil erosion.  We have seen the results when these dams overflow and the rivers fill up from a sudden downpour or excess  rainfall.  A flash flood happened most recently in August 1983 in Dulzura.   This water washed down Highway 94 in the middle of Dulzura, washing away a VW car and washed through cars with large amounts of  debris, destroying shrubs and everything in its path. 

Another year with large amounts of rain was the winter of 1940/41 when all creeks overflowed.   Note picture of Dulzura creek behind Bamboo Inn.   Rock slides occurred that year with road closures east of Potrero.

In 1937, the dips at Daley’s ranch in Jamul were flooded and hard to get through.  See picture of dip where a tractor is pulling a school bus.  The dips in the flat areas through Daley’s ranch are always difficult to get through after considerable rainfall.  Sometimes traffic would be held up or had to crawl through the water.  In recent years these dips have been cleaned out and fixed with better drainage flow.

Those people who have lived and traveled on Highway 94 for many years can probably recall temporary mud slides, rocks in the road and flooded dips.  Most recently was when a large rock slid down the mountain east of Barrett onto the road.  It was removed with considerable inconvenience and money.  Many minor changes have been made by CalTrans to correct the drainage to avoid these severe flooding problems.

       

Picture #46, 47 and 48  

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