Santa Rosa, CA – December 12, 2014 – The Russian River crested at noon today at 33.41 feet. It was at 32.85 feet as of 6:00 PM this evening. With the River levels receeding, and no rain forecasted for tomorrow, the County is moving from emergency operations to a focus on recovery efforts.
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 7am, reopening at 5pm. The Santa Rosa Veterans Building temporary shelter will continue to operate until 9am tomorrow morning.
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.
Many of our Regional Parks facilities remained 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.
Russian River Businesses and Services
Restaurants, lodging, wineries, stores, and local health centers are open in Guernville, Forrestville, Monte Rio, Rio Nido and Duncans Mills. More information can be found at www.russianriver.com.
PG&E reports that approximately 700 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 are continuing to make repairs. Information about power outages may be found at www.pge.com/myhome/outages.
Fourteen 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, and all personal property damage over $1,000, by calling 2-1-1 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 4:00 AM 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 needed. 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.