Jenner, CA – December 17, 2018 – The mouth of the Russian River
opened on its own at about 9:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16. The water surface
elevation is currently about six feet above sea level, and no longer presents a
flooding threat to low-lying areas of Jenner. (A press release was sent out on
Sunday at 8:15 p.m. alerting the public to potential flooding in the Jenner
area, if the river mouth remained closed.)
The mouth of the Russian
River estuary closed on Friday, December 14, when a barrier beach was created
as a result of large ocean swells. Water levels rose quickly, aided by wave
overwash from the large surf and high river flows from heavy rainfall.
Flooding of docks, boat
houses and the Jenner Visitor Center generally occur when water surface
elevations are over nine feet. On Sunday night, water surface elevations peaked
at approximately 11 feet above sea level.
When the river mouth closes, the Sonoma County
Water Agency (Sonoma Water) is responsible for managing the estuary to reduce
the risks of flooding. Sonoma Water staff actively monitored conditions since
Friday, but large waves made it unsafe to bring heavy equipment onto the beach.
Sonoma Water provided updates to area residents and emergency services.
provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of
Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at https://www.sonomawater.org/