The news of 500-year floods in the Midwest was amazing, with Iowan cities submerged from levee breaks. That’s one catastrophe which won’t visit the Montclair Hills anytime soon.
Yet I became curious about our water flows through the Village. After all, we experience our own special brand of mudslides, sink holes and floods each rainy season.
Where are the Montclair Creeks?
Our main creeks are partly hidden from view. They aren’t conforming to Mother Nature’s direction anymore, especially as you drive through sections of Thornhill, Shepherd Canyon, and the Montclair shopping district.
The Temescal and Shepherd Creeks flow into culverts and storm drains, as noted by the dotted red lines below. Solid blue lines indicate visible streams, such as the Palo Seco until it reaches town.
Typical rainy seasons have caused problems in Shepherd Canyon. It’s logical that above-average rainfalls would overwhelm the hidden and visible streams, too.
The Oakland Museum of California has full-sized detail of these watershed maps – so you can study exactly where you live among the Montclair (and other Oakland) creeks.