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A flood warning in effect now for low-lying areas of the Ukiah Valley. Pictures online show Oak Manor area under water with river projections sometime about now to 9 am tomorrow morning. There’s also the possibility of mudslides, falling trees or limbs, and the potential for power outages. Warnings to remember not to try to cross flooded roads and if you see unsafe conditions, like downed power lines or blocked roadways, to call 9-1-1 immediately. And further noting not to touch trees as they can have power and/or communication lines attached to them. The City is monitoring the storm and is sending out Nixle alerts which you can sign up for at the police dept. website or visit the city’s Facebook page. Sandbags are available to residents at Friedman’s Home Improvement for free.

Thunderstorms are possible in Lake county. And the Lake is expected to hit 8.0 feet Rumsey today and even 9 feet Rumsey tomorrow into Thursday morning. 9 feet is flood stage. There’s a mandatory 5 mph boating speed limit on the Lake as it hits 8.0 Rumsey. It also means boaters have to operate motor boats within a quarter mile or less of the shoreline to maintain idle speed. This is from an ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors during the 2017 flood so there’s minimal wake damage to lakeshore properties and make sure boaters are safe. For more information about flood conditions and the boating speed limit, you can call the Water Resources Department at (707) 263-2344, the Sheriff’s Department at (707) 262-4200, or visit the Flood Info feature at https://www.lakecountyca.gov/

Since the heavy rain is not supposed to stop for a day or two more, major flooding’s expected along the Russian River tomorrow. Sonoma County officials telling folks who live in the low river‑area to evacuate. There was as much as ten inches of rain that fell in the area in the last 24 hours, with more continuing. Entire communities could be cut off as the ground is totally saturated. The River in Guerneville is expected to get to nearly 46 feet late tomorrow night. That means parts of Rio Nido and Monte Rio and several other areas will be under water. It could be a serious flood higher than the historic 1997 flood. The river is predicted to top its banks within the hour. Sonoma County officials have opened the emergency operations center and are monitoring the situation for possible mandatory evacuation notices. There are no mandatory evacuations so far, but some residents are being alerted to rising water levels.

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