Released by: County Administrator's Office
For Immediate Release

County Storm Preparations Update #5

Voluntary evacuation notifications issued to low lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville

Santa Rosa, CA  –  December 11, 2014  –  The most recent forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating reduced flooding impacts from the winter storm that began in Sonoma County yesterday. The latest modeling indicates that the peak of the Russian River flooding will occur at 1pm tomorrow afternoon, at a crest of 34.3 feet. It is estimated that the River will reach flood level (32 feet) at 3am Friday morning, and remain at or above that level through 10pm Friday night.

Evacuation Information

The County has limited its voluntary evacuation notices to the low lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville. Calls were made through the Telephone Emergency Notification System in both English and Spanish to approximately 278 landlines associated with homes in the impacted areas.

Shelter will be provided at the Guerneville Veterans Hall and the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. If residents need transportation to the Santa Rosa shelter, van pick-up is available between 4pm and 11pm, and can be arranged by calling 2-1-1. Vans will pick up evacuees at the Monte Rio Park & Ride and the Guerneville Sheriff’s Substation.

Pets on leashes and in small crates can ride in the vans to the shelter at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. Owners should bring crates for larger pets to the van for transport in order to properly house their pets once they arrive at the shelter.

County Services

The County will conduct regular business tomorrow. However, many of our Regional Parks facilities were closed or partially closed today, including Spring Lake Park, all Russian River parks, the campgrounds at Gualala and Stillwater Cove, and the Sonoma Valley Dog Park. Regional Parks will assess the status of their facilities in the morning, and provide updated information on their Facebook page.

Power Outages

PG&E reports that approximately 5,600 Sonoma County homes are currently without power. The primary impacted area is West County. PG&E is fully staffed, and crews are out and making repairs. Information about power outages may be found at www.pge.com/myhome/outages.

Updated Shelter Information

The latest information on existing and additional shelters can also be obtained through 2-1-1 and the Catholic Charities’ Cold Weather Hotline at 707-800-2927.

Road Closures

Thirty-four roads are currently closed throughout the County due to the storm. Up to date road closure information can be found at: http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/.

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

At this time, no significant injuries have been reported. Emergency dispatch has received 342 storm-related calls for service since 4am this morning, and 11 swift water vehicle rescues have been completed. The County will continue to monitor the impacts from the storm, and provide updated information as it becomes available. The County will also continue to post new information to its website sonomacounty.ca.gov, including information on shelters, power outages, school and road closures, safety information, sandbag locations, and rainfall totals.

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