Thousands of Homes, Businesses Flooded in Northern California
Updated 2/28/19: California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for five counties affected by flooding and mudslides.
February 28, 2019
Approximate locations containing flooded homes:
Guerneville (Sonoma County, 95446)
Monte Rio (Sonoma County, 95462)
NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.
Major flooding along the Russian River in Sonoma County, California, has prompted evacuations and left two towns accessible only by boat.
County officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Russian River area, following a massive mudslide near Monte Rio on Tuesday.
A state of emergency was declared for Sonoma, Amador, Glenn, Lake and Mendocino Counties on Thursday following the destructive flooding and mudslides.
Following relentless rainfall, the Russian River quickly surpassed major flood stage early Wednesday. On Wednesday night, the river exceeded 45 feet – nearly 14 feet above flood stage. The river was receding as of Thursday morning.
A slow-moving storm moved into the West Coast from the Pacific, and brought heavy rainfall that has occurred over northern and central California [Monday and Tuesday], according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait.
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