Northern California river floods 2,000 buildings


Orr moved to Guerneville about five years ago, driven out of San Francisco by rising costs.

In downtown Guerneville, some residents stood on the roofs of their flooded two-story houses, watching neighbours and others paddling kayaks, canoes and rowboats down watery streets.

Mailboxes sit underwater in a flooded neighborhood of Forestville, California, on February 27, 2019.

Long sections of State Route 116 were closed, either covered by floodwaters or cut off by mudslides. According to the National Weather Service, it won't go below the flood stage until Friday.

The Russian River historically has been prone to flooding, said Barry Dugan, spokesman for the Sonoma County Water Agency.

There were no reports of deaths, serious injuries or people missing in Sonoma County, Essick said. Windsor was able to send their boat to give us a hand.

Sonoma County officials said they expected the communities of Guerneville and Monte Rio to be accessible by vehicle Friday.

"I fell into the mud when the tree fell over the top of me". It happened so fast you don't even know, you know. "I've seen soda syrup dispensers going down". It's not there. It's there.

A hotel popular among tourists who came to see the region's famed vineyards was evacuated, according to KGO-TV.

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The governor's Office of Emergency Services and Federal Emergency Management Agency will assess flood damage to roads and bridges starting Friday. Drivers should expect delays on US-101 and other routes.

The water was not expected to return to the river's banks until late Thursday.

The river was 13 feet above flood stage by Wednesday evening, and county officials issued an emergency declaration.

He says the town has experienced several floods and people stack up on food and water and hanker down until the water recedes. Guests at the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville had to evacuate on Wednesday as the water started rising in the driveway. As roadways became streams and rivers, cars were replaced by paddleboards, canoes, rowboats - and, in at least one case, an oar-driven dumpster. It's still there because the water is too deep for a tow truck to get in and pull it out.

Authorities found his body Thursday.

As of this morning, Guerneville is still surrounded by water.

Guerneville residents who remained in their homes in the hills above Guerneville should continue to shelter in place, county officials said. Water filled yards and flowed underneath homes.

The flooding was set to be the worst since 1995, when the Russian River rose to 48 feet (14.6 meters), and was caused by a so-called atmospheric river of moisture from the Pacific Ocean stalling over the county, Walbrun said. "Major flooding is considered 34 feet and above, and the record crest for this location is 40.6 feet", Strait also warned Tuesday.

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