Flood update
For Immediate Release

County Storm Update: Emergency Operations Center continued monitoring and responding to flood recovery

Santa Rosa, CA  –  January 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM  –  While another winter storm is expected to hit Sonoma County starting Wednesday, January 18, 2017 the California Nevada River Forecast Center does not predict the Russian River will flood. The County’s Emergency Operations Center continues to remain active to assist with flood recovery efforts and provide updated information on this coming storm to Sonoma County residents.

Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (Permit Sonoma) has opened a temporary permit center in Guerneville to help property owners obtain permits for non-structural storm damage repairs, such as drywall and electrical repairs, resulting from recent flooding of the Russian River. The temporary permit center is located at the Veterans War Memorial Building, 16255 1st Street (at Church Street) in Guerneville, and is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday - Friday. If permits for structural repairs are needed, such as foundation or framing repairs, these permits will be expedited at the Permit and Resource Management Department, located at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa.

PRMD staff performed nearly 500 Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessments on homes in the low-lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville, issuing 10 red tags (entry prohibited), and 11 yellow tags (restricted entry).

Please call 9-1-1 to report emergencies and use phone numbers and website information below for all other information and reporting needs.

Sandbag Information

Although the Russian River is not expected to flood, some creeks and other areas still may. Sandbags are available for residents to pick-up. Sandbag locations can be found at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/Sandbag-Pickup-Locations/.

Evacuation and Shelter Information

The County continues to offer sheltering to displaced individuals and families. Evacuees in need of shelter should call 2-1-1.

Debris and Hazardous Waste Disposal

Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21. In addition, residents only will be able to dispose of toxic materials at one location on Saturday, January 21st, from 8:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please visit Sonoma County’s website at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/ or call 2-1-1 for locations.

Well Decontamination

Wells that have been inundated by floodwaters may pose a health risk.  Residents are advised not to use potentially contaminated well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been disinfected and tested and determined to be safe. Once the floodwaters have receded, the County recommends well disinfection. Information about how to decontaminate your well can be found at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Environmental-Health/News/How-to-Decontaminate-Your-Water-Well/

Damages Reporting

If you have not yet reported structural safety concerns regarding your home or business due to damages from the recent storm, please use the SoCo Report It app (available on the app stores for iPhones and Androids) or on the web at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/SoCo-Report-It/ to report damages and contact the Permit and Resource Management Department for an inspection. If no internet service is available, please call 2-1-1. Sonoma County is asking that residents and business owners report all incidences of damage to structures and real property over $1,000.

Boil Water Notices

The following boil water notices issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (Division of Drinking Water) remain in effect:

  • River Bend Resort in Forestville for 100 service connections.
  • Clear Creek Water Company water system in Cloverdale for 19 service connections.
  • Bucher Water System in Healdsburg for 16 service connections.
  • Sonoma County Parks - Riverfront Park for one connection.

Unstable Soils around Rivers and Creeks

Please be on the lookout of unstable soils washing down ravines or creeks. As these waters carry debris downhill, they can get trapped behind roads and structures, causing washouts and landslides that threaten buildings and people. The potential for these conditions are prominent throughout the hillside neighborhoods in the River region. Please report these conditions to the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 565-2121.

Power Outages

PG&E reports has restored power to all Sonoma County homes. PG&E remains fully staffed for the upcoming storm this week. Information about power outages may be found at https://m.pge.com/#outages.

Road Closures

Several roads in Sonoma County remain closed. All 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.


Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for SoCoAlert to receive local emergency alerts and warnings throughout this week. 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 use the "Sign Up Today" link.

Additional Information

The County will continue to post new information on shelters, power outages, road closures, safety information, and sandbag locations to its website: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyCal/ ; and Twitter: https://twitter.com/CountyofSonoma


Contact Information

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