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Russian River Flood Curbside Debris Removal begins March 11

Mar 11, 2019


Driving along River Road west through Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville into Monte Rio is going through a flood war zone with piles of debris stacked on the side of the road ready for pickup this week. Curbside collection will be provided to residents impacted by the flood in the unincorporated lower Russian River and will take place daily from March 11 – March 15, 2019 with a final sweep for remaining items from March 18 – 22, 2019.

ALL drop off locations are now CLOSED.  Illegal dumping is not permitted.

If you live on a public road in a neighborhood that was inundated by the flood — whether from the river, or from creek overflow you should expect to receive roadside debris pickup service this week.

Please place your debris within the PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY, which generally extends several feet beyond the asphalt, as close to the road as is safe. Unfortunately, the county is NOT allowed to remove debris from private property or from private roads, so debris MUST be brought to the Public Right of Way. 

Residents that live down rural, narrow, roads, we ask that you put your debris as close to the public right-of-way, without blocking the road.

Areas that are not on the map yet are being added. Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins has been working with all flood-impacted communities to make sure they are all recognized for roadside debris removal.

BUSINESSES are treated differently from Residences - sad but true:Businesses are asked to arrange for hazardous waste and debris disposal at the county’s central landfill.

UPDATES  on debris removal can be found

How can you help make debris removal go smoothly and efficiently?

  • Ensure that your debris items do not block the road.
  • Move parked cars off the roadside wherever possible to make room for the trucks to pass easily.
  • Observe all safety signs and proceed with caution when traveling through the area. Some of these piles are tall so debris can spill onto the roads.Please drive with caution.
  • Curbside collection will include large trucks, bins, and a crew. Give then plenty of room to move and pass slowly.

Residents are asked to separate curbside debris into three categories:

  • Debris, such as furniture and construction materials
  • Appliances /metals: Identify anything with an air-tight seal, and dismantle it. Common air-tight items like refrigerators are dangerous to children and animals, who might play or become trapped in them
  • Household Hazardous Waste (For common examples, visit

TARPING piles will keep everything intact until pickup - but take the tarp off if trucks are coming your way soon!

If you can take your own debris to the dump - you will be responsible for dump fees and wet debris is HEAVY. You may want to go for the standard fee instead of having it weighted.

LOST your Trash In in the flood? Recology will replace trash cans lost in the flood. Call 1-800-243-0291.

Flood debris can be hazardous to your health. Wear protective gloves, boots, and clothing you can wash thoroughly or throw away when performing clean up. Wear a protective mask that filters extra fine particles as debris dries and becomes dusty.

WASH THOROUGHLY when you are finished. Remember the Twinkie Twinkle Little Star song to sing it all the way through (it takes about a minute, long enough to kill bacteria with soap to make sure bacteria is removed when you wash with soap and hot water.

For guidelines and advice - refer to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detailed information about how to stay safe:

Curbside Debris Collection Zones:

Zone Overview


Pacific Sanitation Zone


Recology Zones


Republic Waste Zones


Sonoma Waste Zones


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