Santa Rosa, CA – December 10, 2014 – The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today, Wednesday December 10th, and continuing through Friday. Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and some flooding of rivers and creeks is anticipated.
Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 to report all emergencies, and utilize 2-1-1 for non-urgent informational needs.
In addition to the expanded capacity at existing homeless shelters, the County has arranged for additional overnight shelter at the following facilities:
Santa Rosa: The American Red Cross will open a 40 occupancy shelter in the dining hall at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Building located at 1651 Maple Avenue beginning at 5:00 pm today. The sleeping room will be available starting at 9 pm.
Petaluma: The American Red Cross will be staging to open a 40 occupancy shelter at the Petaluma Veteran's Building located at 1094 Petaluma Boulevard
Guerneville: The existing shelter at the Guerneville Veteran's Memorial Hall, located at the intersection of Church and 1st Street, will be expanded by an additional 20-25 beds beginning at 5pm today. The shelter, operated by the Community and Family Service Agency, will be opened for at least the next 24 hours.
A list of existing shelter providers and their capacity is attached, and 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.
Sandbag and Roads Information
The Transportation and Public Works Department has stockpiled sand at the Forestville & Monte Rio Fire Houses and on Armstrong Wood Road near the library in Guerneville. The Forestville and Guerneville Fire Departments has provided over 2000 sandbags already, and will continue to provide sandbags as their supplies lasts. Sandbags can also be purchased at hardware stores throughout the County.
Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 to report any dangerous road conditions that result from the storm, such as downed trees or flooded roads, so that law enforcement can provide traffic control as soon as possible. To report issues that are not a threat to public safety, residents should call the road maintenance main line at (707) 565-5100.
Updates on road closures can be found at http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/.
The campgrounds at both Gualala and Stillwater Cove Regional Parks have been closed as a precautionary measure, and will remain closed for the next 24-48 hours. At this time, Doran Regional Park's campground will remain open. All campers at Doran have been advised of the possible high winds expected with the upcoming storm.
As an additional precautionary measure, the Spud Point Marina will be staffed overnight in order to respond to any operational needs related to the storm.
The County continues to monitor the storm, and will provide updated information as it becomes available at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/Latest-News/