Flood update
For Immediate Release

County Storm Update: Updated Forecast Calls for Russian River to Crest Today at 34.4 Feet

County Emergency Operations Center Remains Open

Santa Rosa, CA  –  February 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM  –  The County of Sonoma’s Emergency Operations Center remains open as the latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian will peak at 12 noon today, February 10th, at a crest of 34.4 feet. Previous forecasts had called for the river to crest near 39 feet, prompting the opening of the EOC and the advisory evacuation notices sent yesterday. The Russian River is anticipated to remain at or above flood levels until 11 pm on Friday, February 10th.  

Evacuation and Shelter Information 

Recent flood modeling predicts that approximately 550 households are impacted when the Russian River reaches 35 feet. This includes locations with flooding anywhere on the property, and those cut off from services, as well as those with utilities impacts (such as impacts to wells and septic systems).

Wastewater Overflows 

The Sonoma County Water Agency has reported two active wastewater overflows within the Russian River County Sanitation District.  The overflows are taking place at manholes near lift stations and were caused due to heavy rainfall. Sanitation crews have responded and are actively working to reduce the inflow into the wastewater collection system. 

Road Closures

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 Transportation and Public Works at (707) 565-5100 to report a road obstruction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 565-2121 after hours.

Power Outages 

PG&E is fully staffed and crews are actively repairing power outages. Information about outages may be found at https://m.pge.com/#outages

Regional Parks 

Nearly all or parts of the Russian River parks are closed. Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa is also closed. For the latest list of all impacted parks and trails, please visit http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/About_Us/News/Flooding_Prompts_Closures_of_Parks,_Trails.aspx

County Schools 

The Sonoma County Office of Education is maintaining a list of all school closures on its website. For a complete list of school closures please visit http://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/storm-update-16.html


Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for SoCoAlert to receive local emergency alerts and warnings. Emergency officials use the SoCoAlert Emergency Notification System to deliver incident-specific information or life-saving instructions to the precise geographic area(s) affected. This service is free, secure, reliable, and easy to use. SoCoAlert notifications may be sent via text, email, voice, Web, and social media. To register, please go to SoCoAlert.com and click on the "Sign Up Today" link.

Additional Information 

For additional information, call 2-1-1 or visit http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/.  The County will post pertinent information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyCal/ ;  and Twitter: https://twitter.com/CountyofSonoma.

Flood 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.

Don’t touch or get near a fallen or dangling power line. Call 911.

Always assume that a fallen power line is live, and follow these guidelines: 

  • Avoid touching the downed line -- with your hand or an object, such as a stick, broom or pole.
  • Avoid touching anything in contact with a fallen power line, such as a car, object or equipment, or person.
  • Avoid driving over a fallen power line.
  • Call 911 immediately to report a fallen power line.
  • If a power line touches your car, stay inside your car. Use your mobile phone to call 911 and wait for emergency help.


Contact Information

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