Month: February 2017

Guerneville residents need not fear mercury in their water, tests show – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Cal Fire: Private equipment, not PG&E, caused Tubbs fire

Tubbs fire survivors reeling from Cal Fire report

CHP: Gun-flashing Santa Rosa dad arrested in road rage incident

Teenage Rohnert Park Walmart worker, mom, sister accused of stealing $5,000 in merchandise

Sheriff’s Office names first female patrol lieutenant in 20 years

Russian River rises again, flooding Guerneville – SFGate

The Russian River in Guerneville swelled early Wednesday morning amid a torrent of rain.

The river rose above its flood stage level of 32 feet and reached a peak of 34.4 feet at about 6 a.m.. The waterway is now beginning to drop.

The Russian River has a long history of spilling over its banks in Guerneville and most recently caused widespread flooding and damage when it rose about 37 feet in January. This time the situation isn’t nearly as severe, yet still at 34 feet the river is causing moderate flooding in the lowest sections of Guerneville and Monte Rio.

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“Thirty-five feet is really the critical level where you get major problems,” said Brett Whitin, a hydrologic forecaster with the California-Nevada River Forecast Center. “This time it didn’t get that high.”

About three inches of rain has fallen around Guerneville in the past 48 hours and another storm is expected to hit Thursday morning. 

“Down at Guerneville we’ll see another rise,” Whitin said. “The river will rise again but not supposed to get as high as it did today.”