Heavy Rain
For Immediate Release

County Preparing for Incoming Heavy Rain

County Officials monitoring the situation; sandbags are available to residents 

Santa Rosa, CA  –  January 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM  –  The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County­ beginning Saturday and continuing through Monday.  Heavy rainfall and some flooding of rivers and creeks is possible. The County is closely monitoring the situation, and is prepared to open the Emergency Operations Center, though it is not anticipated this will be necessary based on current predictions.

All residents are encouraged to avoid flooded areas both for their own safety, and to allow for efficient emergency response.

The Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) will be operating around the clock to keep unincorporated Sonoma County roads clear and maintain access for residents and safety personnel. Staff are available to respond to reports of flooded roads, downed trees and slides. Additionally, TPW will be monitoring areas that are prone to flooding.

All drivers are encouraged to observe road closures and use detour routes. Road closures and restrictions information for the unincorporated areas can be found at http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/. Please call TPW at (707) 565-5100 to report a road obstruction during business hours, and the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 565-2121 after hours.

Sandbags are available for residents to pick-up. Sandbag locations can be found at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/Sandbag-Pickup-Locations/.      

When flooded, Turn around, Don't Drown 175Flood Safety Tips:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Remain in the car if the water is moving.

Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.


Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235