Santa Rosa, CA – December 12, 2014 – The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating a reduced flood level estimate from the winter storm that began in Sonoma County on Wednesday. The latest modeling indicates that the peak of the Russian River flooding will occur at 11:00 AM today, at a crest of 33.3 feet. The River reached flood level (32 feet) at 5:15 AM Friday morning, and is anticipated to remain at or above that level through 8:00 PM. Rain is expected through 9:00 PM tonight, tapering off starting at 3:00 PM.
Evacuation and Shelter Information
The County issued voluntary evacuation notices to the low lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville on Thursday afternoon. Shelter was available at the Guerneville Veterans Hall and the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. There were 39 people overnight at the Guerneville Veterans Hall. There were 28 people overnight at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building, accompanied by 2 pets. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds was prepared to provide shelter for larger animals, and had two horses housed there.
The Guerneville Veterans Hall will remain open during the day throughout the weekend, resuming normal shelter operations beginning Monday morning, when they will close for the day at 7:00 AM, reopening at 5:00 PM. The Santa Rosa Veterans Building temporary shelter will continue to operate until 9:00 AM tomorrow morning.
The County will conduct regular business today. However, many of our Regional Parks facilities remain closed or partially closed today, including Spring Lake Park, all Russian River parks (Cloverdale to Guerneville), Gualala Point, Stillwater Cove, Sonoma Valley Dog Park, Doran Jetty day-use area, Sea Ranch Access Trails, Pinnacle Gulch & Short Tail Beach Access, Hudeman Slough, Larson Park, Tolay Lake, and some Crane Creek trails. Regional Parks will continue to provide updated information on their Facebook page.
PG&E reports that approximately 1,800 Sonoma County homes are currently without power. The primary impacted area is West County, and many of these have been without power for over 24 hours. PG&E expects all power to those homes to be restored by this evening, and has notified all residents. PG&E remains fully staffed, and crews were out and making repairs overnight, and are continuing this morning. Since the store began, PG&E has restored service to 93% of the more than 440,000 customers system wide who lost power. 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.
Thirty-one 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.
If you have structural safety concerns regarding your home or business due to damages from the recent storm, please contact the Permit and Resource Management through 2-1-1 for an inspection. Additionally, the County is asking that residents and business owners report all incidences of structural real property damage, as well as any incidents of personal property damage that exceeds $1,000, by calling 2-1-1 in order to provide an accurate estimate of storm damages to the State. In order to follow up if needed, 2-1-1 will ask callers to provide their name, address of property where the damages occurred, either a phone or email address, and a brief description of the damage.
At this time, no significant injuries have been reported in Sonoma County. Emergency dispatch has received 354 storm-related calls for service since 4am yesterday 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 http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/, including information on shelters, power outages, school and road closures, safety information, sandbag locations, and rainfall totals.