Quaint towns in the Wine Country and along the Russian River are seeing a flood of weekend vacationers. And that’s leading to headaches.
The massive storm bearing down on the Bay Area will dump up to 10 inches of rain on the highest local mountains, triggering a rise in the Russian River of a whopping 20 feet, 6 inches by 3 p.m. Saturday, according to National Weather Service river forecasts.
Residents near the Guerneville Bridge are taking things in stride and have been under a voluntary evacuation order following Thursday’s heavy rains, but only low-lying areas are affected.
Rain continued falling and the river kept rising in Guernville Friday, where it was likely to crest above 20 feet.
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Sonoma County officials are advising residents in low-lying areas near the Russian River to evacuate in advance of expected flooding.
At least four local rivers including the Napa, Russian, Navarro and Sacramento Rivers are forecast to peak above flood stage late Thursday or early Friday, adding up to 32 feet of water to their nearly dry banks as torrential rain reaches the watershed, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration charts.
Get a jump on what’s happening tomorrow in the Bay Area.
Just a few short months ago businesses along Sonoma County’s Russian River were concerned about their livelihoods due to California’s drought, but the water levels were fine for canoeing this Memorial Day Weekend.
The 2011 vintage in California was a trying one for wine growers, Luckily, however, there are still some beautiful 2011 Pinot Noirs available from the Russian River Valley, like this year’s selection Gary Farrell selection and Dutton-Goldfield.