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Sonoma County Storm Update: prepares for second storm

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Sonoma County Storm Update: prepares for second storm

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 11
th. 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. 

This is an official notification from the Sonoma County Office of Education regarding school closures due to rain and flooding. 

**If you are linking to the SCOE website for school closures, please be sure you are using this updated link for 2016: Sonoma County Office of Education Winter Storm Update

This is the school closure list for Tuesday, January 10 as of 7:05 pm 1/9
The following schools/districts will be closed:

Guerneville (Guerneville)

Harmony Union (Occidental)

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. 

Possessions tied on a platform in a tree along the Russian River

Power Outages

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

Road Closures

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 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 707-565-2511 after hours. 

Damages Reporting

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. 

Additional Information

The County will also continue to post new information on shelters, power outages, road closures, safety information, and sandbag locations to its website at: and Facebook at

Flood Safety Tips:

 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.



Emergency Broadcast Stations
KSRO, 1350 AM
KZST, 100.1 FM

Spanish Language Stations
KBBF, 89.1 FM
KRRS, 1460 AM and 107.5 FM

Road Conditions
Caltrans Road Information
CHP Traffic Incident Report
County of Sonoma: Road Closures and Restrictions
San Francisco 511: Bay Area Road Conditions

Other Resources
CDE: ADA Credit during Periods of Emergency
County of Sonoma, Public Safety Announcements
PG&E Power Outage Center
National Weather Service
Sonoma County Water, Flood Forecast & Emergency Information
Talking with Children about Natural Disasters
Wise Winter Warnings for Schools, from RESIG (pdf)