Santa Rosa, CA – December 10, 2014 – The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today, Wednesday December 10th, and continuing through Friday. Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and some flooding of rivers and creeks is anticipated.
The County is closely monitoring the situation, and is prepared to open the Emergency Operations Center if needed. The County’s Homeless & Community Services Team has conducted intensive outreach to shelter operators to identify expanded capacity to shelter the homeless during the storm. A list of these providers and their capacity is attached, and information can also be obtained through 2-1-1 and the Catholic Charities’ Cold Weather Hotline at (707) 800-2927.
The Transportation and Public Works Department will be stockpiling sand this morning for local residents along the lower Russian River. Sand locations will be the Forestville Youth Park on Mirabel Road, and on Armstrong Woods Road in Guerneville near the old rodeo grounds 500 yards north of the fire house. Sandbags can be picked up at the Forestville and Guerneville Fire Departments.
Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 to report any dangerous road conditions that result from the storm, such as downed trees or flooded roads, so that law enforcement can provide traffic control as soon as possible. To report issues that are not a threat to public safety, residents should call the road maintenance main line at (707) 565-5100.