Most of the damage in Alice occurred in the creek bed of Lattas Creek, in the Rancho Alegre area, on the southwest side of town. Doppler radar estimates, on Thursday, August 30th and Friday, August 31st ranged from 6 to 10 inches. A few local citizens that were surveyed said they were caught by surprise on the morning of Friday, August 31st, when they awoke to standing water in their houses! Red Cross officials report that 29 homes received major damage during the flood event and 50 suffered minor damage.
How does this flood compare to the flood of record? On Sept 12, 1971, the San Fernando Creek crested at 16.51 feet. This equates to a flow of 26,800 cfs.
Below you will see a graph of the San Fernando Creek as measured from the gauge at the Highway 44 bridge. In addition the following photographs show the type of flooding that occurred on the southwest side of town.
San Fernando Creek Photos