Santa Rosa, CA – January 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM – According to the California Nevada River Forecast Center, the Russian River reached flood stage (32 feet) at 1 am this morning. The Russian River is currently cresting at 35.1 feet. The Russian River is anticipated to remain at flood levels through 6 am on Tuesday, January 10th.
The California Nevada River Forecast Center predicts a second storm this evening and into tomorrow with high winds of over 40 miles per hour with moderate flooding on Wednesday January 11th. While these models are frequently adjusted as the storm approaches, the current forecast indicates that the Russian River will reach flood stage at 3 am on Wednesday, and crest at 35.7 feet at 6 pm. The River is expected to recede below flood stage on Thursday, January 12th, at 6 am.
The County's Emergency Operations Center will remain active to provide updated information and emergency services to Sonoma County residents.
Evacuation and Shelter Information
The County issued advisory evacuation notices to the low lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville on Sunday afternoon. Recent flood modeling predicts that approximately 550 households are impacted when the Russian River reaches 35 feet. The Guerneville Veterans Hall extended their shelter hours, and will remain open 24 hours a day through Friday morning. Additional shelters will be opened if necessary.
PG&E reports that approximately 2,200 Sonoma County homes are currently without power. Throughout the storm, PG&E has restored power to over 15,500 households since Saturday.
PG&E remains fully staffed and crews are actively making repairs. Information about power outages may be found at https://m.pge.com/#outages.
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/. As of this afternoon, Transportation and Public Works (TPW) has reopened 24 roads, and continues to monitor and maintain 17 existing closures. Please call TPW at (707) 565-5100 to report a road obstruction during business hours, and the Sheriff's Office at (707) 565-2121 after hours.
If you have structural safety concerns regarding your home or business due to damages from the recent storm, please use SoCo Report It (available on the app stores for iPhones and Androids) to contact the Permit and Resource Management Department for an inspection. If no internet service is available, please call 2-1-1. The County is asking that residents and business owners report all incidences of damage to structures and real property over $1,000.
The County will also continue to post new information on shelters, power outages, road closures, safety information, and sandbag locations to its website at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyCal/.
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.