Russian River Crests, Clean-Up Begins
County Storm Update #3: County Emergency Operations Center To Deactivate Friday, 2/10/17 at 6pm
The Russian River crested today at 34.4 feet at noon and will recede to below flood stage at midnight tonight. The County of Sonoma’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will deactivate today at 6 pm, however County officials will continue clean-up and damage assessment efforts throughout the weekend. Sunshine and clear skies are expected this weekend. Rain is forecasted to return next Thursday, February, 16th. County officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and assess any storm related impacts.
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.
PG&E is fully staffed and crews are actively repairing power outages. Information about outages may be found at https://m.pge.com/#outages.
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
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.
For additional information, call 2-1-1 or visit http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/. The County will post pertinent information on 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 911.
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 911 immediately to report a fallen power line.
If a power line touches your car, stay inside your car. Use your mobile phone to call 911 and wait for emergency help.