Flood update
For Immediate Release

County Storm Update - Continued response to flooding and winter storm

Santa Rosa, CA  –  January 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM  –  The California Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Russian River will remain at flood stage (above 32 feet) until 6 p.m. this evening. The County’s Emergency Operations Center continues to remain active to provide updated information and emergency services to Sonoma County residents. Please call 9-1-1 to report emergencies and use phone numbers and website information below for all other information and reporting needs.

Evacuation and Shelter Information

The County issued advisory evacuation notices to the low-lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville on Sunday afternoon – these evacuation notices remain in effect until the river recedes below 32 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). Evacuees in need of shelter should call 2-1-1.

Debris and Hazardous Waste Disposal

Beginning Friday, January 13, 2017, 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. Disposal sites will remain open through Sunday, January 15. In addition, residents only will be able to dispose of toxic materials at one location on Saturday, January 14, 2017 and Saturday, January 21, 2017, 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 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 have been issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (Division of Drinking Water) since Monday, January 9th. These notices 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.
  • Hilton Mutual Water Company in Forestville for 17 service connections.
  • East Austin Creek Mutual Water Company 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 that approximately 925 Sonoma County homes are currently without power. PG&E remains fully staffed and crews are actively making repairs. Information about power outages may be found at https://m.pge.com/#outages.

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. 

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

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

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 9-1-1.
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 2-1-1 immediately to report a fallen power line.
  • If a power line touches your car, stay inside your car. Use your mobile phone to call 2-1-1 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