Russian River Expected To Rise 14 Feet, Leading To Evacuation Order In Sonoma County

Posted: Feb 27, 2019

CNN People living near the Russian River in Northern California's Sonoma County were ordered to evacuate Tuesday ahead of possible flooding.

The Russian River is expected to rise about 14 feet over the next day, according to an alert sent by Sonoma County Emergency Services.
The river is expected to reach flood stage Tuesday evening and crest Wednesday night near record-level, Sonoma County Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Crum said. The sheriff's office said the river is projected to crest at 46.1 feet on Wednesday night.

Tues. 10:40am: Russian River expected to hit flood stage (32’) at 6pm tonight in Guerneville. River expected to crest at 45.9 feet Wed. at 11pm In Guerneville. Lower Russian River residents, be prepared to move to higher ground. Photo from Monte Rio Bridge.

Areas are already being affected, and the National Weather Service expects heavy rainfall over the next couple of days.

The record crest for the Russian River is 49.50 feet in 1986, according to the National Weather Service.

By Cheri Mossburg
February 27, 2019

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